Sunday, November 05, 2006

Remember Remember the Fifth of November

After being reminded by Shora and I Should Be Writing that this month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I've gone and signed up to participate. That means I'm supposed to write a 50 000 word novel by the end of the month. You can keep track of my progress, and everyone else's, at the official web site.

I ain't never written a novel before. The longest thing I've written is my Masters thesis, which took just a bit longer than a month (um, 2 years), and was only 25 000 words. Keeping with the spontaneous spirit of the event, I decided not to waste one of my golden story ideas on something that will end up being crappy and rushed, so I just closed my eyes while I took a dump and waited for my brain to generate a novel (in both senses of the word) idea. What came was a jumble of westerns, a murder mystery, and squirrels. Hmmm...you know, brain, that doesn't sound all that good, but I'll write down what you tell me to and see what happens.

I started late (on the 5th of November...remember remember), so I'll have to write 2000 words or so a day. Yeah. Right. I'm destined to fail, but it's the participation that matters more than success. Maybe I'll work my way up to actually completing NaNoWriMo next year, but for now, I'll just give myself an A for effort.

You should write a novel too.



5 comments:

R2K said...

Can I be so rude as to say that film was horrible?

I mean really bad. Corny, pointless, and really fake at the end. How do you get 1 million or more masks made without anyone noticing? And you distribute them how?

Steven said...

That's a lot to write in a day. Who has that much time on their hands?

It would make more - realistic - sense for the organizers to turn it into a writing series (like, six of them, in one year).

Shora said...

My hat's off to ya. I thought about participating this year, but good lord, talk about daunting.

(hey, where's your excerpt???)

Jason said...

Good for you. I'd be too self-conscious. I hope it's a western.

Phronk said...

R2K: Meh, it wasn't the greatest movie ever, but I liked it.

Steven: Yeah, it's really for people who are hardcore about writing. There's no way I have that much time.

Shora: Excerpt? I'm too self-conscious.

Jason: Thanks. It's western-like. So far.