I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I was planning to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. Well, I’ve made the commitment elsewhere so it is time to make it official here. 50,000 words by midnight, November 30th or else I turn into a pumpkin. Or something.
NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know, is a yearly challenge to write a minimum 50,000 word novel during the month of November. What started 10 years ago with 21 participates in the US has grown into an international event with over 150,000 participants! For the month of November, I am dedicating my blog to NaNoWriMo. I urge you to visit the website, sign up, and/or make a donation to the Office of Letters and Light to help them make this and other great writing events possible. I have set up a sponsorship link in the sidebar if you are so inclined.
The Messy First Act
This is my second year fighting for NaNoWriMo glory. In fact the predecessor of this blog (Single Stitch Studio) was where I first starting writing about the activity. It gave me an outlet besides the forums to express my struggles and elation at this new and strange artistic endeavor. For the first time in a long time I was positively vibrating with the pleasure of writing a novel and I lead my steampunk archivist on a winding adventure of pirates, archaeology, and mad scientists in search of a legendary airship. I won the competition by writing 50,000 words and by the end of December had a 80,000-something word manuscript of really terrible prose and poorly planned plot points. The novel now languishes in a drawer somewhere, but I must have liked the blogging part or else you wouldn’t be reading this.
For NaNoWriMo 2009, I was torn between writing fiction and my blogging obligations so I’ve decided to cut down the middle and join the NaNo Rebellion. “Rebels” are simply people who commit to writing 50,000 words in a month (still a lot of work), but chose to write something besides a novel.
For fiction this year I thought I would try my hand at some shorter fictional prose in the form of six short stories about Dashiell, a cat detective who solves the animal crimes the humans of his world miss. I’m not the sort of person who is overflowing with plot ideas, so I take what I can get. I think its cute.
For the blog I hope to commit about 25,000 (edited) words. If my average blog post is about 500 words long, I should be able to get about 40-50 blog posts out of the activity. Either that or a bunch of very long articles. We’ll see. Hopefully these posts will give me a bit of a buffer going into the holiday season so Maastricht Minutiae will continue to update even while I’m busy with family.
Are you interested in National Novel Writing Month? You can find me on the website as Locusta. Also, Scrivener, a novel writing software for the Mac, is offering a 50% discount to all winners. I’m testing it out the month and will be buying it weather or not I “win”. It makes organizing my blog posts and research easier.
Ok, off to write the next post. See you all soon.