A novel in a month you say?

Three days ago,  after an electronic conversation with a friend and intrigued by a spate of Twitter hashtags, I investigated the phenomenon that is #NaNoWriMo.

The premise is simple, from start to finish, you write the first draft for a novel, of 50,000 words, in the month of November.

I signed up forthwith, I do like a challenge, but I realised, with some horror after having done so, that apart from my annual work appraisals I hadn’t written fiction of any sort since I left school, a few years ago*!!

I read through the website a bit and it seems that a lot of people start their planning in September, or October at the latest, so I’m on a learning curve but very much looking forward to it.

I shall keep you updated.


* A large positive integer that I refuse to quantify.


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9 Responses to A novel in a month you say?

  1. I hope all goes well! I may well have missed the sign up deadline… but I do love a goal to shoot for! xx MH

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    • Sign up is open until 2359 tonight I believe.
      If I’m honest, its unlikely that I’ll finish it this year, but its certainly something to aim for.
      Thanks for the wishes, I’ll certainly give it a go.

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      • I wonder if it would be cheating to take one of my short stories and flesh it out… part 1 of Crazy kind of has “book” written on it, rather than “short story,”
        Though I could finish it up, there are bags of scope for development (mental illness and discovering someone else’s past through your own present are fictional fruits ripe for picking, obviously!)… I will have to peruse the rules. In any case, I wil likely go ahead with or without the contest framework… 🙂 Goals are sometimes the only way to get ANYTHING accomplished! xx MH

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      • Abso flippin lutely!! (Re goals). I’m not sure if its cheating or not, but the rules are there to indeed be perused. From what I’ve seen, and with people I’ve spoken to, a lot of them have all their research, characters, plot lines etc already prepared, which really isn’t any different to what you propose.
        Give it a go. Good luck xx

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      • Thanks! I’ll give them a read, and get ready to type like a crazy person for 30 days…. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement, as always! MH

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  2. Welcome to the fold. Buddy request sent. I don’t know what the hell that means, but it gives me another badge on my profile page.
    Until a relatively few months ago, I had written no fiction since I was about twelve, having had my efforts crossed through with the word “verbiage” by my teacher. I’m not shy to admit that the gap was in excess of half a century. You can do it, mate!

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    • Ah ha, I was also wondering what the “buddy request” meant. If you don’t know, I’m not even going to bother to find out.
      Thanks for the support, it was all your fault, you piqued my curiosity when we spoke a while back, and although we have no teacher to mark it, I suspect I shall self mark, with the same word as your teacher. Good luck to you too, starts tomorrow!

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  3. Nikki says:

    I have no idea what term of encouragement is offered to writers (“Break a leg!” seems inappropriate), but consider it offered. I realize now that on the few occasions when photos of you have been included in your travel posts, you have reminded me of a younger, fitter Papa Hemingway…. perhaps that’s an omen. 😉
    When the dust settles (in December?) you must let us know how to access the finished work.

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    • “Break a lead” perhaps? I don’t know either??
      I’ve been to compared to many things in my life, none of them complimentary, but to even written in the same sentence as the great man is a compliment indeed (not sure about fitter though).
      I’ll be updating during the month, I’ll always find time to update the blog, and many thanks for the support.


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