Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ten things about NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, but it is actually an international affair.

It's only 47 days until NaNoWriMo 2011. Time to start planning this year's novel.

If it weren't for NaNoWriMo, I'd still be in the "One Day I'll Write a Novel" camp.

The first week, or the first four days at least, I wish it could be November all year. The story writes itself, the dialogue sparkles and I'm sure that my novel is a bestseller in the making.

The most important thing I learnt: Give yourself permission to write crap. You'll surprise yourself.

Write-ins are awesome. The accumulative creative energy helps keeping you going. Whenever I've been to a write-in, I've written much more than anticipated and some of it was rather good, too.

The NaNo forums are great. In November, before you've written you're 1667 words for the day, they are also dangerous. Before you know it, you've written half a novel's worth of forum posts but made zero progress on your novel.

Before I discovered NaNoWriMo, I hated November. Now, I love it. Even when it's going slow, the characters are misbehaving or writing the next word is about as enjoyable as a ride on a crowded tube train that is retraining to be an oven. I love November.

I also love writing about NaNo. There will be more NaNo-themed posts between now and November.

2011 will be my tenth NaNoWriMo. Where has the time gone?

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