October 29th, 2012


It's that time of year again...

Yes, NaNoWriMo is rapidly approaching and everyone is talking about their projects or deciding whether or not to take part. There's also the question of whether to do it by the book and start something brand new or whether to "cheat" and work on an existing project.

Personally, I don't worry about the rules, but as I've never managed to write 50K in a month, I've never claimed to have "won", so I don't count it as cheating. I regard it as being more like infiltrating a huge marathon, jogging along with the runners for a while and then slipping quietly away as they sprint for the finish. :)

In other words, to me, NaNoWriMo is a huge wave of writing motivation and in the years I have taken part, I shamelessly rode it to help me to write faster than I normally would. But I don't obsess about the word count. I've written several proper novels before, so I don't see the point in writing drivel just for the sake of adding words to the document. As I can't write 1667 words day after day if I'm going to maintain the quality, I therefore usually challenge myself to do a half-NaNo on whatever project is most convenient.

Having said that, the last NaNo I attempted I did do properly. I started with a brand new story and finished up with 30,000 words or about two thirds of a novel. Since then it has sat for two years untouched, so perhaps what I ought to do this year is finish the draft and sort out the end? Hmmm... That's starting to look like a plan...

Of course November isn't the best of months for me and after months of no deadlines, the first weekend of November will be taken up with the TEFL course and I have an essay due for the OU Worlds of English course on 12 November. However, it's usually the case that the more I have to do, the more I get done because I don't waste time faffing around doing unimportant things, so perhaps I ought to give it a go?

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A literary writer blogs about NaNoWriMo

Emma Darwin has some interesting things to say about NaNoWriMo -- and it's perhaps not what you might expect from a literary writer.

I do agree with what she says. My last attempt at NaNo may be the shittiest of shitty first drafts, but there are some decent bits in there and -- largely due to the way it was written -- it moves at a tremendous pace, which suits the thriller type plot.

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