I’ll be trying by hand at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year. As you may remember from last year, it’s an internet community project where thousands of people around the world try to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1st and November 30th. Last year I only managed 34,000 words, but I have high hopes of hitting my goal this time around.
I’m going to deviate a little from the original premise of the contest, in that I’m not planning on doing an original project from scratch. While I enjoyed the exercise last year –and it definitely helped shake some rust off the old writing toolbox– I’ve found myself wishing I had put those hours into something I plan to finish. I don’t think I’ve made it a secret that I’ve written a couple of works of historical fiction already (one of which I have e-published), and a third project has been in the works for the better part of four years now. I will produce tens of thousands of words of first draft nonsense towards that project in the next thirty days, and I’m sure some of it will be of some use towards a finished third novel.
Wrimos, as we are apparently called, keep in touch through the website, blogs, and hopefully meet up in early December at bars all over the world to commiserate and swap war stories. My profile on the site is also calledFaceintheblue, so I should be easy to track down; I encourage anyone reading this who is also doing NaNoWriMo to add me as a buddy. A community is only as rich as its members, after all.
I also encourage you to follow me on twitter here, as I’m bound to complain heartily over the course of the month, and everyone likes to hear colourful rhetoric in the place of thoughtful prose from time to time.
For anyone who’s interested but not already involved, you can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Perhaps we’ll fail spectacularly together, but I suspect we’re going to have a lot of fun doing it.
Good luck to you, to me, and to all of this year’s Wrimos. Cheers!