November is National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo for short. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel from scratch from starting November 1 and ending before midnight on November 30. That averages to more than 1,600 words each day. Sound like a recipe for a story that gets unreadable near the end? Well, it probably is. From NaNoWriMo’s Facebook page: “Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap.”
This isn’t about writing a worthwhile novel. Plenty of those exist already, and more are being published all the time. This is about having written a novel, being able to call yourself a “novelist.” If you’re game, you can sign up at the NaNoWriMo website, where you can track your word count, watch your time dwindle minute by minute, and commiserate with other quixotic aspirers through online message boards. Or, you could forge your word count, post plagiarized snippets from obscure but well-written fiction as excerpts from your work-in-progress, and ask questions in the forum like, “Is anyone else finding this incredibly easy?”
Anyone participating locally?
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