I am aware that it is completely bonkers for me to be announcing this, but it has to be done. I missed out on all of the fun and madness of last year; and I promised myself that this November, no matter what my circumstances are, I will jolly well be taking part!
So I have signed myself up to NANOWRIMO – National Novel Writing Month a month in advance so that I can set about conjuring up a detailed plan of action ready for when the countdown begins.
I figured that despite the numerous other writing commitments I have dedicated myself to, including the fact that I am about to embark upon the final year of my degree; if I at least have an exhaustive plan of what I intend to write when the time comes, then the likelihood of me losing the plot – and by ‘losing the plot’ I don’t mean the plot of my story, I am referring to my sanity – will be somewhat decreased.
Anyhoo, I will be updating my progress here of course, and all of the Nanowrimo posts will be archived in the relevant sect. (See sidebar)
I will also be writing a number of related articles here and there – namely on my magazine’s creative writing group blog – CWG. So if you are taking part in the Nanowrimo challenge too then you can subscribe to that blog and help to breathe some life into the Creative Writing Group with your comments, guest posts, links and other contributions.
NANOWRIMO – What is it all about?
Nanowrimo is the National Novel Writing Month which takes place once a year during the 30 days of November. It is a crazy, hectic, absurd month where thousands of people from all over the world get involved and attempt to write a novel in 30 days. The challenge is free, although donations are appreciated. The general idea is to lose yourself in creative abandonment and just go for it – not worrying about perfect writing, but just keeping up with the word count and finishing 50,000 words by the end of the month. It is a great incentive for those whose inner-editor prevents them from completing first drafts. Plus there is that wonderful motivating sense of being part of a team of writers, all striving towards the same goal at the same time.
You can find out more about how the challenge originated and sign up for the challenge yourself here.
If you are taking part and recording your November struggle in your own blog then leave your links and details in the comments section under this post and I will publish them in A-MUSE Magazine to help drive some traffic your way, and mine…
(And good luck to me too.)