Nanowrimo is almost here. And for the first time in a long time I plan on doing it.
For those who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. What happens is for the month of November, a whole heap of people commit to writing on average 1667 words a day to complete a novel of 50,000 words. Quality isn’t needed – or perhaps even wanted here! What matters isn’t even telling a coherent story. It’s all about just getting the words down.
But it is a great exercise that can be tailored to what ever your goals are. It could be great, for instance, for finally finishing a piece if you are one of those people who start many things but never finish. Or it could be great for getting a writing rhythm, teaching yourself to write a little each day.
November isn’t a particularly good month for those of us in Australia because typically it is exams month at university. I know personally for the past couple of years I had be either too busy with exams or in my own personal journey (mostly Japanese language learning) to take part in Nanowrimo.
However in 2003 I took part and won (you ‘win’ by writing those 50,000 words) with my badly written young adult adventure which I can’t remember the name of right now, as it is hidden away on one of my external hard drives.
Nano (as it is called for short… haha) has certainly grown since that time. Now, unless I get an extremely demanding job or something before November, I plan on taking part this year. My story… no idea. Well I have some ideas but I haven’t really developed them at all yet.
One thing I have been reading through but not actually doing is Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways course. You can see a bit of the beginning stages of the course on my post called Breathing Again. It’s a fantastic course, I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone interested in becoming a novelist. In the least, it has made me a more mature and sophisticated novelist.
My plan is to use the HTTS course to help plan for my Nanowrimo novel. While I am not really expecting much from my Nano novel, I am thinking it’ll be a fun project and I really want to get more into the HTTS coursework. So my plan for October is to do some planning for Nano.
TagsBook Project 2010, Holly Lisle, Nanowrimo, novel planning