For many writers, that phrase [first day of November] brings forth a mixture of anticipation, terror, joy, more terror, sleeplessness, and a bit more terror.
Of course, for the rest of the human race the first of November is simply… the first of November.
If you know of what I speak, you already know where I’m going. So, instead of drawing it out, I’ll provide you with a vague acronym: NaNoWriMo.
That is, National Novel Writing Month (or more accurately, International). For those of you who don’t know, NaNo [which is what it will be referred to as from now on], takes place during the month of November and the title describes it perfectly. But to be more concise than the title: a bunch of idiot authors scramble to write 50,000 word novels in one month.
Pardon me if I included you in the use of the word idiot, but we all must admit it’s true. Writing a novel in a month sounds ludicrous, and it is.
Today, I’m going to discuss said event, and also throw Segways around because Segways.
So. NaNo. It’s going to be a quick month (especially for us more advanced idiots who are trying to write a novel while preparing for a theatre performance for the duration of the same month), filled with quick scribblings.
Are you ready?
There are two kinds of NaNo writers. Those who outline and those who don’t.
I’m of the former, but I know of many who are of the latter. I love outlines. I’ve got two for my NaNo, one of which is hanging on my wall.
For NaNo, I’m pressing pause on my current project, Agram Awakens, to write a different novel. Which… is the general idea of NaNo, is it not?
The rough synopsis for said novel can be found on my NaNo profile. In short, it’s about a fellow who Died and enjoys making jokes about it. Right up till he meets a girl (silly fellow). I’m classifying it as “futuristic satire”, which is the best description I can really give it. Told in the future, told satirically. Close enough, right?
Let’s press pause and shoot me a comment yes? In said comment, tell me about YOUR NaNo! I’d love to hear about it!
Done with the comment?
Good. Those comments always make my day. *not so subtle guilt-trip*
Now to toss Segways around.
In the spirit (or… anti-spirit in many cases) of NaNo, I’m launching a five part series about Plots. That means all of the November posts and the first post in December will be about plots. I’m pretty excited about them (especially since I’m writing them ahead of time so I don’t overwhelm myself during NaNo… if that’s possible).
So, in the spirit of Segways, I’ll leave you with this question:
What makes a plot worth writing about?
Don’t forget to tell me about your NaNo novel!