by Dan Gleibitzon at The Verge
Each year, hundreds of thousands of regular people pledge to write a novel. In a month. And that month is November, which is also known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
In the words of the organisers:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
It’s a pretty simple premise. Just write 1,667 words per day, each day, for a month. At the end of the month, you’ll have a novel, or something approximately like one.
NaNoWriMo is also a (totally optional) fundraiser for the purpose of promoting writing around the world.
2013 will be my fourth NaNoWriMo. The first two went fairly well for me, resulting in manuscripts quite a bit larger than the 50k word goal. Last year I stumbled and ran out of steam before I hit 20k.
My writing is still pretty bad. My plots are pulpy and cliched. But I find the forced productivity very satisfying, and it’s nice to look back at stuff I wrote years ago and find that it’s not all as awful as I thought it was.
So, is anybody else on board? What’s your story this year? Plotter or pantser?
From Guest Blogger Randall