Monday, October 31, 2005

oh for more time

Am weighing up the pros and cons of attempting Nanowrimo again - it's due to begin tomorrow. Um. Nanowrimo, in case you've not heard of it, stands for National Novel Writing Month, the principle being that we all know that we'll never get round to writing a novel, but we all want to do it, just the same. Nanowrimo requires you to give up 30 days of your life and force yourself to write a 50,000 word novel in that time.

Which means knuckling down and forcing yourself to write - being short on time makes you short of inhibitions, short of the normal impulse to go back and chop and change and frustrate yourself with the intricacies of plot. This way the only way to write it is to write it, as fast as you can and as free as you can. You mightn't end up with something worthy of the Whitbread Prize, but face it, you'll never write a novel any other way.

All this and more I told myself this time last year (in fact, I even told you, too), but... well, it's no surprise that Nanowrimo didn't work out for me last November. I wrote about 11,000 words, I think, in the end - which is pretty credible but not good enough when you need to be writing around 1,700 words a day.

So I'm tempted to try again as of tomorrow. I have a laptop now, so it should be easier to do. On the other hand, if I say I'm going to do it, I surely won't. So I might.

Apologies in advance if I post a 50,000 word novel to the blog in a month's time :-)


Dirk said...

That's right. Shit.
Thanks for reminding me. I hope you write, it would be interesting to see what you come up with.

jonathan said...

I think I remember you saying that you did Nanowrimo before, is that right? Did you get it all finished? Say yes, I need some evidence that it's possible... :-)

Dirk said...

I did attempt it before, but I got nowhere close to 50,000. I'm gonna try it...Good Luck!

Dirk said...

okay i just wrote nine to a good start.

jonathan said...

that's good. if you can manage another nine words every day it'll only take you, er, 15.2 years to complete. With a relaxed schedule like that you can't fail.

Don't anyone tell me I got my maths wrong.

If you glance over at my sidebar I'm gonna keep my words tally at the top there, so you can cheer me on if I do well or prod me if it stops climbing.

Dirk said...

i hope i'm not leaving three comments, something happened, anyway, yes you will be cheered