Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Go, Nanuts Go!

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!

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12 comments:

Sham said...

I can't do it this year as well..... but to anyone who's intending to - YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Sharon, I have been hanging out at your blog so much these days......

Sim said...

Thanks Sharon. Not sure if I will be doing it this year. See Ming's definitely too busy. I've got a new blog to fill up and am still trying to put up our pictures of Japan.

Ted Mahsun said...

Thanks for the morale support, Sharon. I have big hopes for NaNoWriMo this year.

animah said...

Sham! You're really a dog? So who was that stunning woman in a gorgeous outfit?!!
At least Ted owns up to being a stuffed cow. A rather clean one at that. You'd think he'd grey with age.
Sorry Sharon, off tangent again...

Kak Teh said...

sharon, love the new look of your blog!!
I am afraid it is nano no no for me too. The spirit is willing, but not the rest of the body. Good luck to those participating.

Jenn said...

Perhaps I will finish this time, being a third attempt and all that jazz. Good luck, all you Nanuts!

Sham said...

woof woof!! arf arf!!!

Ted Mahsun said...

Mooooo! Wait, when did I own to being a stuffed cow?

lil ms d said...

Good luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

Too busy. No point. Not fun either. If I donate money, it's going to be for building libraries in this country. This Vietnam thing is probably to assuage American guilt at having caused all that stuf there. Why else would it be Vietnam ?

Erna said...

Anonymous: Gee, nothing better to do than knock America, huh? It's not politically motivated. They built libraries in Cambodia last year so if you insist on insinuating all sorts of motives that aren't even there, go ahead. Why build libraries in Malaysia when getting people to read is an uphill task?

Good luck to all the NaNuts. Will join again this year and be an 'unofficial' cheerleader. *brings out the pom-poms*

The Eternal Wanderer said...

Hee-ha! Thanks a bunch for the morale support! Like Ted, I too have BIG hopes for this year! I'm pretty fired up right now. Hopefully the fire doesn't fizzle out come the end of the month! :)