National Novel Writing Month () is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. NaNoWriMo
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
That’s what encouraged me to sign up for NaNoWriMo many moons ago. I can’t remember how many years ago it was, but I know my triplets were only tiny, so it has to be about 6 or 7. I loved the idea of going Hell for leather into the unknown with only a computer to guide me (which in those days was a second hand iMac I bought on eBay and picked up in Harrogate while taking the kids to see their grandma).
However many moons on, and I’m still loving the thrill of writing a stupid amount of words in a short amount of time, and will keep doing it until I die or the NaNoWriMo site ceases to exist… Although if the latter happened I’d probably still do it anyway, even without the promise of warm fuzzies for winning.
But something strange happened over the summer. I moved about seventy miles from my old home, and as a result I’m now in the Yorkshire region rather than the Darlington and Tees region. (I’ve always lived in Yorkshire, but I lived near Darlington previously, so that region made more sense when I signed up.) I’m not quite sure when it happened, or how, but I’ve actually planned out this year’s novel. It’s story boarded, I know the characters, I know the time line… I never write like this, so I don’t know what made me feel like doing it this year, but I have, and it remains to be seen how it will affect my consistently 60K+ winning word count.
Hampered by modern tech…
Interestingly, I can’t change anything in my plotting, because the spanky new laptop I bought 11 days ago for this year’s event decided to stop working properly 8 days ago, so I’m stuck waiting for someone to come pick it up to get it repaired. I could have repaired it myself in the time I’ve been waiting, but there you go.
Hopefully it’ll be repaired and back with me by November, but given how I’ve waited a week just for it to be collected, I’m not holding my breath. If all else fails, I have a very basic, cheap tablet I can attach a keyboard to and use as a rudimentary netbook, so I’ll still be able to write, but it’s a far cry from the £300 laptop I should be using.
Anyway, I’ll be adding the basic info about this year’s novel to the site in due course, and extracts as and when they happen throughout November.
Keep well, and happy writing.