filthy, filthy blog-heads... NaNoWriMo is not a someone, nor is it some stupid piece of slang written by a nineteen-year old with typing tics and a spastic left pinky. NaNoWriMo is a cute abbreviation for NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH and yessss, i'm DOING it, and doing it and hopefully doing it well. this will be my second attempt at it...my first one fizzled because i was too busy to really put together FIFTY-THOUSAND words in one month. 2003 has me feeling positive about this challenge (read: i have way less of a life on the left coast), and i'm announcing my participation in this crazy contest not because i'm an "attention whore" (thanks, dj ank g) but because i want all of you to learn about it. it is a random sort of event that someone once forwarded to me, so, i consummate the karmic circle with a big bloggy bang as i publicize it here, on herstory.
c'mon...you know you want to add "novelist" to that frozen tundra of non-accomplishment that is your CV. ;) here's your chance! we can do it together. it'll be like kahani, only FUNNER.
i stole this info on NaNoWriMo from their website, just in case you are too lazy to click on the link above (and i know that most of you are that slothful!)...
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 2002, we had about 14,000 participants. Over 2100 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. as of midnight tonight, i am a potential novelist. a dilettante with laptop glare in her eyes and a burning, egotistical fire in her belly. oh wait, that's the chole i had for dinner. well, whatever. my eyes are still glaring, er, reflecting laptop glare, so let's forget about my gym-perfected belly. ;) i will be posting updates (glorified word counts) on the blog to keep myself accountable. and when i'm done, i might even post the crap (because surely, it shall be CRAP if i have to write 1666.666666666 words per DAY) on here somewhere, so you can be REALLY useless at work or school. :) if only your employers knew what the blog and flog did to productivity...speaking of wasting your time, if any of you want to be characters in my magnum opus, or if you have story ideas, i will GLADLY accept comments or emails.
six hours to go...and to november, i say BRING IT. i don't celebrate thanksgiving whilst in california ANYWAY. i can so do this. :) cheer me on, okay?