Do you Nanowrimo? © copyright 2012 by Sara Jacobelli
November is NaNoWriMo month. Do you NaNoWriMo? Yeah, sounds kinky, but stands for National Novel Writing Month. Produce a 50,000 word novel in one month. Pretty ambitious, don’t you think?
I thought of trying this, since I am attempting to write a novel. Thought it might give me a push. But in looking at their website, I can see that NaNoWriMo is not for me. I really don’t want to share any portions of my novel until I have a decent first draft completed. It’s too much like having someone looking over my shoulder while I’m writing. Call me superstitious, but hey, who’s more superstitious than writers, gamblers and fishermen/fisherwomen?
Also, I didn’t see any way I could write 50,000 words in a month, unless I became a meth addict. (Since I can’t stand cranksters,that ain’t gonna happen). Plus, I’m not crazy about the emphasis on quantity here, as opposed to quality.
That said, I still think that the project could push some people to produce a basic outline for a novel, as long as he or she realizes that after one month, the work is just beginning.
As for me: I started my novel about a week before NaNoWriMo, and. . . I am still on the first chapter.
NaNoWriMo web site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Salon magazine’s take on NaNoWriMo: http://www.salon.com/2010/11/02/nanowrimo/
(I learned from the Salon article that Sara Gruen, who wrote “Water for Elephants,” participated in NaNoWriMo).
Slate magazine’s take on NaNoWriMo: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/11/23/nanowrimo_how_to_write_50_000_words_in_one_month.html
Fake NaNoWriMo Tips: https://twitter.com/FakeNNWMTips
LA Times article with the best NaNoWriMo Advice:
Photo Credit: “The keyboard of the Malling-Hansen writing ball, invented in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen,” by Wikipedia, Public Domain Photo.