Tomorrow is November 1st and folks across the world are suddenly going to start acting strangely, secreting themselves away with their computers for hours, looking at the world with a thousand-yard stare the rest of the time as characters fight it out in their heads and plotlines become ever more tangled. Social activities will be cancelled. Friendships put on the back burner. Work - the paying stuff ... may suffer just a little.
It's Nanowrimo and the month long attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words. Two years ago I managed the feat and ended up with the framework of a novel I'm still working on and an increased understanding of myself as a writer.
I'm not doing it this year. It's not something you can be halfhearted about. You must, as Lady Macbeth told hubby, screw your courage to the sticking place if you want to have any hope of succeeding. At the moment I'm buried under a lot of things I need to get out of the way before I can move forward with other projects. But I wish those of you who are taking part (Philip and Ted and Chet among you) the best of luck.
I'm not sure how our local Nanuts will fare this year as the two Municipal Liaisons from the previous years have stepped down. There should have been articles in the papers already. There should be meet-ups planned and a party to celebrate the end. I hope that the group will pull together on the site's discussion boards and support each other. And if there's any way I can help from the sidelines, let me know, guys.
If you are interested in taking part, all the info you need is on the website. The event is free, but if you make a donation, it goes towards building libraries in Vietnam. And you might just end up with the love of your life through Nanowrimo, as See Ming and Sim have done!
Thoughts on Winning Nanowrimo (30/11/04)
Agent Smith Endorses Nanowrimo (6/10/05)
The Jesper Fanclub (29/10/05)
At the Starting Line Waiting for the Pistol (31/10/05)
Sit Vacant for Nanowrimo ML (25/8/06)