If you didn’t hear, I went ahead and did “the dumb thing” and enrolled myself1 in NaNoWriMo 2009. For the uninitiated, “NaNoWriMo” is “National Novel Writing Month” — the challenge is to write a novel (defined as 50,000 words or more, for the sake of the event) between midnight November 1 and 11:59pm November 30. The novel doesn’t have to by any good — it just has to be 50,000+ words. In fact, the event’s motto is: “No plot? No problem!”
Why do such a thing?
It’s fun. And if you aspire to write (and/or publish) a novel then it’s pretty motivating to participate in a big collective event like this one.
So I’m doing it this year. In what has turned out to be one of the end-to-end busiest Novembers of my life. Well… So be it.
I’m using it as an excuse to write out a novel-length idea that I had about a year ago. A kind of self-lampooning science fiction story that toys with a few popular tropes. Anyway, we’ll see where it goes. So far progress has been well:
About two days ahead of pace. With my birthday last night2 and some big looming crazy project deadlines at work and a crazy little toddler at home and the Thanksgiving holiday here-before-you-know-it… Well, wish me luck.