24 October 2005


NaNoWriMo is round again!

If you have never heard of it, it means National Novel Writing Month, now a misnomer as the US based initiative requires English language, I believe, but thats about it.

The concept is beautiful in it's simplicity - you join the website, then, along with a myriad other writers and would-be-writers, you forsake any concept of quality and simply concentrate on writing 50,000 words in thirty days - 01 to 30 November.

At the end, if you succeed, you have a small (roughly 175 page) novel, ready for tidying up.

Bye-bye writer's block. Bye-bye angst over wording and editing and all those eventually necessary steps that can also serve as brilliant excuses for never getting past the first paragraph. Just write. Worry about the other stuff after.

If you are the sort who always fancied writing a book, but never started for fear of all the rules, or of producing something less than perfect, then this is for you.

50,000 words in a month. Just to say you can.

Coming to play?

Oops - Major Edit - This year there is a special Young Writers Program, whole school classes are signing up, and a special forum for older students who join as individuals.- See site for details.


Ally said...

[determined hat] I am going to do this. I need a project!

Milt Bogs said...

I suppose this means that you ladies will disappear for a month. :(

Ms Mac said...

Hmmmmmm... tempting!

Cheryl said...

Aww Milt No!

Anyway - you could rattle off a book about Bogsville, or even one called Ms Roseberry Said, standing on your head!

zilla said...


I'm chicken, though :-)

zilla said...

And my face hurts!

Cheryl said...

Zilla I read your blog - tummy I can understand, but face??

bart said...

hey, it sounds like a wonderful chance to waffle on to my hearts content... just need to convince the ladies here of the necessity and use of such an exercise though... sigh... :P

Maraed said...

I fall under the "older students who join as individuals" category. I am excited and a little nervous, but I'm idiotic enough to be mostly excited. Congratulations to anyone else who's trying!

fineartist said...

This is cool are you going to do it Cheryl?

I am on my way to Zillas blog in a minute, but I’ll bet her face hurts from laughing

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Ange said...

Thanksgiving Dialogue:

(snobbish in-law)
"So what are you doing these days?"

"I have a novel deadline on the 30th, so we're gonna have to skip out early this year. Tootles! Gotta write. KIDS! Into the car."

Thanks, Cheryl. Hopefully this will turn into a true story.

Badaunt said...

Why do they have it in the month when I'm so bloody busy there's no time for anything except work and sleep? Why can't they do it in, say March, when it's cold and boring and nothing much is happening?

Also, I have a cold.

Need any more excuses? I can come up with a few more, if you like.

I don't do fiction, for one. (Everything on my blog is STRICTLY TRUE, in case you're wondering.) (Except when I stretch things a little.)

Also, what if I wrote a bestseller and became famous? I don't want to be famous. What a horrible thought.

Why does NaNoWriMo always make me feel so damned GUILTY?