November, November. I think of it with both dread (exams :S) and joy (exams ending!). But to many self-confessed ‘literary loonies’, November means its time to break out the espresso, inspirational music and Microsoft Word, because its National Novel Writing Month!
NaNoWriMo is basically a writer’s equivalent of a kick in the pants. The objective: to write a 50 000 word novel from Nov 1 to Nov 30. The prize: well, you have a novel. You might be thinking that most published authors don’t write their magnum opus in 30 days, but that’s not the point of NaNo. Yes, you will write a lot of rubbish. Yes, your children will read it one day and then be embarrassed to know you. But it may also push you get your creative juices flowing enough to actually write that novel you’ve been putting off for other more important stuff, ie. school, uni, work, Call of Duty, etc.
The only person I know to have actually attempted NaNo is the lovely Bec (http://fictionalcorporeality.blogspot.com/). Exams usually finish in mid-November, but this year I finish very early, so I’m going to give it a shot! If you’d like more info on NaNoWriMa, check out the website: http://www.nanowrimo.org/ It has tons of fun stuff like writers’ forums where you can get help and feedback on your work.
If you do attempt to write your long-awaited novel, then good for you!
PS. If script-writing is more your thing, check out April’s Script Frenzy.