Tuesday, 12 October 2010

NaNoWriMo

November heralds the start of another round of NaNoWriMo - that being National Novel Writing Month. Writing begins on the 1st, and the aim is to create a 175 page/50,000 word novel by midnight on the 30th. No writing is allowed beforehand - but you can plan, and I aim to. Because I have signed up to do it this year!

I successfully completed NaNoWriMo in 2006, and then let my rough, badly-in-need-of-an-edit and in-possession-of-several-gaps novel rot in peace, which was a waste. It needs resurrecting - the idea is still sound, I think.

In 2006, I dove straight in with nothing more than a premise. This year, though, I want to go in prepared. I won't write a word of the book before November, but I'll draw up a roadmap based on the story I have in mind so that I - hopefully - can plough on in roughly the right direction for the duration of the challenge. At the end of it, I hope to have something worth editing that will eventually be worth submitting.

Undeniably, though, NaNoWriMo requires a unique approach. The trick is to fit the writing in between all the other things that still need attending to - the day job, the domestic stuff, the socialising - and use every spare minute to push the story on. My usual style is to write longhand and to do a first edit as I type stuff up, but with NaNoWriMo there is no time for such niceties - it's a case of getting the words into the machine. As they say on the site, December is for editing!

Nineteen days to NaNoWriMo blast-off. Wish me luck!

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