Monday November 1, 2004

50 thousand words in only 30 days?

Did you ever think you wanted to write a novel? Has it always sounded like something that would take too much time? How about 175 pages in one month?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over talent and craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.


It's an interesting approach ;-)

Some of my co-workers are planning to join the fun. Here's what one of them had to say:

Just think of the sense of accomplishment you'll have when you see all 50 thousand words clumsily thrown together in one big pile! It's an average of just over 69 Words Per Hour, how hard can that be? Or just use it as an excuse to refresh your memory of gnuplot, so you can obsessively monitor your output.

Last year they had 25,500 enter, and 3500 people cross the finish line.

Me? I think I'll watch. Maybe my co-workers will let me read the results if I promise not to edit them ;-)

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