I love National Novel Writing Month.
My first recollection of it is from 2003 when someone on a Mornington Crescent site mentioned it. It sounded amusing, but I didn’t see at the time how I would have the time, and I think it was mentioned a few days into November. I mean, 50,000 words in 30 days is one thing, but 50,000 words in 25? From a cold start? Nah.
Then I was reminded of it again the following year. 2004 was the year I trained for and completed a marathon, and so I was looking for another challenge after that. I heard that Chris Baty, the NaNoWriMo founder, was doing a talk at Powell’s to promote his book “No Plot? No Problem!” and I went along out of interest. I left a convert.
I knew I could do it. This was only a few days before November, so I dusted off a story about vampires that I had tried unsuccessfully to write a couple of times before, wrote out some chapter outlines, and had at it.
That was fun, so I did it again the following year, and again, and again… 2012 will be my ninth event.
I’ll have separate posts on how I approach NaNoWriMo, but in the meantime take this as a reminder that November is coming. You have three weeks to figure out what you are going to write.
Who’s with me?