The 2005 NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching. In case you are not familiar with this endeavor allow me to elaborate a bit. National Novel Writing Month is the brainchild of Chris Baty, who, as it states in his profile, “[w]ith his startlingly mediocre prose style and complete inability to write credible dialogue… has set a reassuringly low bar for budding novelists everywhere.” Chris started NaNoWriMo in 1999 and it has grown considerably. Half of all proceeds go toward building libraries in rural Laos.
As explained on the website: “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… In 2004, we had over 42,000 participants. Nearly 6000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline…”
While I signed up last year as a participant, I did not make it very far. Mind you, I wrote almost 15,000 words in just over a week, but had less than 3,000 words to show for it. The rest were all do-overs. It is very difficult for me to move on and keep writing when the ‘voices’ are telling me to stop and edit. Well, this year I understand this weakness and intend to overcome it. Afterall, when it is all said and done, there is plenty of time to edit.
I don’t know if I will be brave enough to do like Jaki and post my novel along the way as she did with When It All Began. Perhaps I’ll wait till it is finished and then post it all at once. Or maybe I’ll post it after I’ve edited it throughout December. Or maybe…
… Now, all I need is a story.