It’s the writing time of year again!

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that it’s almost time for a full month of writing. Of course, I am referring to National Novel Writing Month, a “competition” in which people challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. This will be my fourth time attempting it. I’m pretty confident about my chances, seeing as how I successfully completed it last year. I know a lot of people try to set tougher goals for themselves the second time around, but seeing as how I haven’t written much fiction at all recently, I’ll be content just to finish it again.

The experience last year was pretty intense. I fell below pace during the middle of the month and had to catch up by spending a couple days toward the end of the month pretty much doing nothing but writing. It really challenged my creative energies, but I persevered. This year will probably go much the same way — I’m just a procrastinator by nature. And while I have a general idea of the plot I want to write, I haven’t really fleshed out the characters, nor do I have much of a conclusion. In other words, it’s going to be just like last year again, figuring things out as I go along.

So, are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? It sounds a lot harder than it actually ends up being, once you get into the hang of things, and it really is a neat thing to be able to say you accomplished.

5 Responses to “It’s the writing time of year again!”

  1. Jeff V Says:

    I’m going to do it this year. I wrote chapter one last night. I have a very nebulous story in my head and I fully anticipate my novel about religion, product placement and failed cola companies to be shreddable but I’m going to look at it as a learning experience.

    Maybe if I come up with something intelligible we can swap novels…(provided you are comfortable with sharing your quickly manufactured masterpiece)

  2. Cyde Weys Says:

    Holy God man, you can’t start before the 1st of November! Quick, delete the file and forget what you wrote about!

    I’m perfectly comfortable with sharing whatever I end up writing; the question is; would you want to read it?

  3. Jeff V Says:

    It couldn’t be worse than what I come up with. You would be a great proofreader too. A grammar-ophile AND a programmer?

    That’s attention to detail.

  4. Cyde Weys Says:

    Oh, man, no way am I proofreading a novel. You’re a friend and all, but that’s the kind of tedium I’d have to be paid to endure. Proofreading is also my least favorite part of blogging, and thus the most dreaded part. The best thing about NaNoWriMo is that there’s no proofreading involved, since the nature of the game means you have to go for pure speed.

    I’ll read it and give you general comments, but no comments on the level of individual words. And I wouldn’t expect anyone to do proofreading for me.

    But yes, I am a good proofreader.

  5. Jeff V Says:

    Yea I know I can’t afford to pay you an editors salary. Still looking forward to your general comments though.