Do you have plans for November? How about writing a novel?
I have been looking forward to this all year. I am posting about this kinda early because I wanted to find out who was doing it so that we could keep tabs on each other. The organization heading up this mutual, worldwide endeavor is called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month, www.nanowrimo.org) .
Here is the deal: you have 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. Anyone who finishes is named a winner. The logging in of the words on the site is completely based on the honor system. The main goal of the effort is to get people writing. What better way to do it than: with a deadline, thousands of co-participants around the world and the hope of being called a winner if you finish? I really think it is going to be fun.
There are a couple of months to plan and get organized, if you are of that nature. They recommend having a general story line or outline of what you are going to write. Then again, there are people who do no planning and just go about writing. Whatever suits your fancy is fine with me. They also say that one of the keys to being a finisher is to resist the urge to edit as you go and just write, write, write.
So who is with me?
If there are any local participants (meaning Cochabamba, Bolivia residents) I am considering organizing a get together like the first week of December, or something. Even if we don’t all finish (heck, who knows if I even will… this is my first time) I think it still would be cool to get together and celebrate our efforts.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you are thinking. If you are in another city please still let me know if you are going to do it so we can cheer each other on.