Sunday, October 17, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Let Personal Agony Begin!

During the interview for my job, one of the managers informed me about this website that I should check out if I was interested in writing.  Not thinking much of it at the time, I pocketed the scribbled paper and took the job graciously.  A few days later while trying to find something to occupy my time, I found the little paper tucked away with my new hire paperwork.  I look up the website http://www.nanowrimo.org and find something somewhat interesting online for a change.

National Novel Writing Month is a challenge/contest that takes place during the month of November every year where the participants test themselves by attempting to write an entire novel (or at least 50,000 words of it) between the first and the last day of the month.  Go ahead and do your math.  It's okay, I'll wait :)  Yeah, sure that seems like a doable amount of words to write in a day, right?  Sure.  Can you guarantee you can write that every single day for a month?  Hell no.  So maybe adjust your figures a bit for a realistic amount of days in the month you will be able to write.  Math, math, math.  Got it? Kinda getting silly, huh?  Well that's kind of the point (or so they say).  They actually don't want you to write a masterpiece.  They just want you to write something - "If its a novel to you, then its a novel to us."  This is a great experiment for someone like me.  I am not yet enrolled in school, my significant other is 1200 miles away and I have no money.  What else do I have to do with my time, right?  So here's to me, my sanity and the premise I have waiting around but don't necessarily mind rushing through.  

Oh, almost forgot.  There's prizes for every winner (to be classified a 'winner', one must simply complete the 50,000 words).  Prizes include things such as a free paperback printing of your finished novel for your own use to market yourself to publishing companies.  Sounds a little bit more worth it to someone like me now.  If you want to check my progress (henceforth known as 'how much I'm falling behind') visit My NaNoWriMo Progress.

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