November is almost upon us once more. And that means it’s Nanowrimo time again!
For those who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is one of the most pointless and ridiculous exercises known to man.
All around the world, hundreds of thousands writers (or would-be writers) set out to write a 50,000 word novel in the space of one month (said month being November). They sign up at www.nanowrimo.org where they upload their word count every day to keep tabs of their progress. There are forums on the site, so entrants can boast about how well they’re doing or ‘fess up to falling behind. They can also offer each other encouragement and organize meet-ups and write-ins.
There are no prizes – just the satisfaction of having accomplished something relatively unimportant.
I have entered Nanowrimo twice now. One year I managed to churn out ‘Riders on the Storm’, a so-so potboiler based on a film script I’d written. My second attempt, however, ended in ignominy and failure after just a few thousand words that were taking me nowhere.
This year, being a bit of a twat, I’ve decided to go for it again. I’ve not quite worked out what my story will be about, but I’m leaning towards something in the zombie genre.
I have at least one other writing project on the go (a film script, if you must know) so I’m not sure if I can find enough time to dedicate to Nanowrimo. Therefore I fully expect to crash and burn just like before.
And why am I telling you this? Because of a bit of advice on the Nanowrimo that goes: Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who’ve had to hear about your novel for the past month. Seriously. Email them now about your awesome new book. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.
If you fancy giving it a go yourself, feel free to add me as a writing buddy (something you can do on the site).
In the meantime, I’ll keep my (virtual) billions of followers up to date on my progress via this blog, thus making my humiliation very public indeed.
Watch this space…