NaNoWriMo is not the easiest word to write or say. I imagine it’s even harder to take part in it and succeed.
For the uninitiated NaNoWriMo stand for National Novel Writing Month and November is it.
I have always dismissed this endeavour as nonsense. Very few people can write a novel in a month and if you do it is most likely not going to be terribly good.
Then it was explained to me, very kindly, by those who take part on a regular basis that I am missing the point. NaNoWriMo is all about committing yourself to write a lot in a very short space of time and hopefully by the end of it you will have the bones, bare though they may be, of a workable novel that you can continue writing.
I still have a slight problem with the concept. If you are a writer you should have a writing timetable that you are committed to already whichever month of the year it happens to be but leaving my prejudices aside it is an interesting concept.
I did have a look at the website. You can check it out here.
I even joined my local facebook group.
I’m not one for signing up and filling in this, that and the other. If I am committing to trying to write most days, going on line to fill in a word count at the end of each session seems like a bit of a faff to me. A lot of extra bells and whistles that takes time away from actually writing.
Nevertheless, I do have a new project I need to get underway. But, but, but….turns out if you are buying into the spirit of the thing you have to pick one project and commit to that.
I, on the other hand, have something I have been commissioned to write which needs to be written, plus two novellas that are part way through. It would be nice to clear those out of the way before starting the new project.
Consequently, I have decided to NaNoMyWay instead.
I will try to write my commissioned work and finish my two novellas and if I succeed with that I will start my new project. I’ll let you know how I get on at the end of the month.
In the meantime, to all of who you are preparing to do the official NaNoWriMo good luck and enjoy.