NaNoWriMo 2010

I have been terribly neglectful of this blog, and of a number of things, over the past few weeks. I have two or three blog posts I’ve been meaning to make, and simply haven’t gotten around to writing up. And my desk is a mess.

Those posts will have to wait, however. As everyone knows, November is now just about a week away. And as not everyone knows, there’s an alternate name for November in my circle: NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (“National Novel-Writing Month”) is an international endeavour in which thousands of people all agree they’re going to write 50,000-word stories by the end of November. I participated twice—in 2007 and 2008—and “won” both times (i.e. made it to 50K before the deadline). It’s pretty awesome, and at the very least for the rest of your life you can say you wrote a novel. And you’re not writing alone: there’s companionship on the NaNo forums, and in real life with scheduled “write-ins”, where you go to a cafe or somewhere and hang out with other NaNo writers.

Last year I said I was going to do it…and didn’t. This year I’m not quite as busy, but my plate’s still pretty full. Having convinced at least one person to do it, though, I can’t back out again. The problem with last year was that I never set a daily word count goal, which is pretty much the only way to make it through even if you’re not going for a full 50,000 words.

So, this year I’m going for 1,000 words a day. That’s a 30,000-word “half-novel” if I manage to keep it up for the whole month. And while that won’t “officially” make me a NaNoWriMo 2010 “winner”, it’s still an accomplishment. Call it NaHaNoWriMo.

If you see me in November, ask me how it’s going. That’ll help keep me on track, and keep me from dropping out again. (Also ask me how my honors thesis is going, cause I need to be working on that as well. :-/)

And I’ll repay the favor! You think you’re busy, but you can do NaNoWriMo. Or the 1K-a-day challenge. Or a VeryShortStory a day. Or a poem a day. The point is to challenge yourself to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do, and it’ll only take a little bit of your time to do it. Turn off your wireless and replace some procrastination with creation, and you’ll barely have to adjust your daily schedule at all.

If you’re tagged in the FB version of this, that means I expect something from you. It’s your call what.

And if you’re wondering where I am this November, that’s where. Or grading. Or getting ready for the next Theatre Rice show, on Fri 11/12 and Sat 11/13. Hint hint.

Let’s do this!