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Are You A Wannabe Writer?

October 07, 2004

Official NaNoWriMo 2004 Participant

Cuz I am!!!

From the *official* Nanowrimo website:

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over talent and craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and -- when the thing is done -- the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2003, we had about 25,000 participants. Over 3500 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.

Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from your novel at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups began October 1, 2004. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.


If you are interested, you can contact me for more information on National Writing A Novel month. I'm the official Greensburg municipal liasion (i.e. I am in charge of the free goodies to be distributed). If anyone wants to get involved with planning an event (hello English club?) leave a comment here or write me. Good luck!!!

Moira at 01:00 PM :: Comments (6) :: ::

I got my story together,HA! Wish me luck.

Posted by: Hashim at October 7, 2004 01:44 PM

That looks really cool. If I wasn't entirely too busy to begin with, I'd want to do that...:-(

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at October 7, 2004 04:10 PM

I'm There!
(And how cool that there are goodies, I didn't even know about the goodies!)

Posted by: Lily at October 8, 2004 01:53 PM

Yeah, see I'm a writer, but if I weren't a writer in her first month or so in college and if my writing skills were as polished as I'd like them to be, I'd definitely enter the contest...good luck to you guys who enter!!! :)

Posted by: Rachel at October 8, 2004 09:21 PM

Rachel - Excuses, excuses.... ;c)

I can understand the school part but who cares if your skills are as polished as you like?

The ONLY way to improve your writing skillz is to write... write long, write hard, write when you want to, write when you don't want to (especially when you don't want to), write like the wind and you will get better.

besides, the whole point of nanowrimo is QUANTITY not quality. you could write the word pickle 50,000 times if you so desired and still *win* the contest. i think you should try it! this is my fourth year and I haven't finished the damn thing yet... i just keep trying.. ;c)

Lily - Yay! I'll let you know when we're having a gathering of souls.. you better be there! what days are best for you??

Valerie - see what I wrote to Rachel. I think you should try it anyway! at least you'll be part of the collective.. and you know what? last year 25,000 people started and only 3,000 finished.. it's a tough thing to do write a novel in a month! it get you writing though.. and if you wanna be a writer, that's what you gotta do. look at it this way: 1666 words a night. I'm sure you write at least that much in emails! ;c)

Posted by: moira at October 8, 2004 09:44 PM

I hate my computer, so I'm not sure if you got my email or not. I'd like more information about it, because I think I'm going to try...

Posted by: Val at October 9, 2004 11:46 PM
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