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NaNoWriMo: 30 days, 50,000 words?–Nope

Writiing-Closeup of Keys of Remington TypewriterIt’s not going to happen.

I realized this after I finished the first chapter. The outline that I had was not good; it had been written years ago and did not incorporate ideas I had for the characters that had evolved in the last few years. Also, the way the book starts doesn’t work. Where I have the book beginning is a problem, but this has always been a problem. This is why I’ve never been able to finish it.

At least I know now.

I know what National Novel Writing Month is supposed to be for: writing your novel in 30 days. However, the creative writing process doesn’t always work on a time schedule. If one has a very good outline that is fleshed out and all that needs to be done is to actually write the novel, then NaNoWriMo works. If you are like me and you have a lot of background work to do before you can even start your novel, then NaNoWriMo doesn’t work. However, I would not abandon the idea.

What NaNoWriMo did for me was to bring me back to an idea I had for a novel that I really hadn’t thought about in years. Any initiative that encourages people to write is a good thing. I also like the idea of having a support network to fall back on, which NaNoWriMo sets up when you join.

Will I do it again next year? Possibly.

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30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is Here?

This headline is how I was introduced to NaBloPoMo by WordPress today when I signed in. It was misleading.

Writing-Fountain Pen writing on PaperI had heard of  NaNoWriMo from Karen Ringen, one of the people at Whimsies, and when I went to the web site it all came back to me. Karen mentioned this to me last year when I was on sabbatical, but two things kept me from even trying to do it: Hurricane Sandy, and the death of a colleague. I didn’t have power for nearly two weeks, and I was very depressed. Last November was not a good time to try and start writing anything.

If I’m going to write a novel, I’m certainly not going to do it on a blog. I can’t imagine a worse place to try and write a novel than a blog. (Writing 50,000 words in a blog was suggested by WordPress in their blurb about NaBloPoMo.) I give kudos to anyone brave (or crazy) enough to try–and I’m sure there have already been some.

Also, my Greece: 2013 blog is 53,750 words alone. This was written from February through July. I’ve already done my duty to blog-land for this year, and this isn’t even counting my current blogs. Therefore, NaBloPoMo does not interest me. However, NaNoWriMo–the original writing idea–is.

That said, I once tried to write a science fiction novel when I was a teenager and got well over 100 handwritten pages before I foolishly started editing what I had written before I finished writing it. This is a no-no, and I got so dispondent that I stopped writing. I tried once or twice over the next several years, but it never went anywhere. My first attempt was the furthest I had gotten.

I like the idea of having a national novel writing month, although I’m not so sure Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season is best, but apparently people have had a lot of success. (Besides, Thanksgiving is late this year.)

Either handwritten or by computer, just DO IT!

Either handwritten or by computer, just DO IT!

In academia, faculty are expected to write articles (and sometimes books) and do research in whatever their area of specialization is. I’ve got some ideas I’m working on, and I’m still doing some research. Still, it might be fun to try and take up the challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days–well, 28 days.

I am going to try and write that sci fi novel. This means that I have to write about 1,786 words a day by December 1st. Piece of cake? I’d  be a fool to say it was. I have an old outline of the novel that I wrote several years after my first attempt, and I will have to dig it out. (It was written in long hand, although I may well have transferred it to a Word file a few years ago. I’ll have to look.)

Anyone else want to try their hand at creative writing on a schedule?

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