Who out there has heard of NaNoWriMo?
Anyone? No. It isn’t some nanotech cyberpunk term. It’s the National Novel Writing Month, founded by Chris Baty, where thousands of people sign up one month out of the year and dedicate themselves to writing 50,000 words in 30 days or less! Apparently Baty wants to inspire people to write who either have always wanted to write a novel, or feel they don’t have the motivation for it. His key elements are stress and a deadline to kick people into writing mode, as well as lowering your standards from “writing only bestselling material” to “would not make someone vomit.”
This is fun. I’ve got a project going on already, otherwise I’d be quite keen on signing up for this myself. However, for anyone out there who feels stuck between novels or never even started a novel, Baty has not only provided a kick in the mental tush, but he has also provided a guidebook for the entire process titled No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.
Take a looksee. And while you are at it, here is the official NaNoWriMo website:
Who knows? Maybe that idea lurking around in the dark corners of your cranium might just leap out and grab this opportunity by the jugular. (And if it does, please clean up after yourself)
Whatever the case, enjoy the zany creativity of it all. And enjoy the book, which I’m told is by turns hilarious and insightful.
I see that smile.