Monday, October 1, 2007
The Way to Have Written
Today marks the first day to sign up for National Novel Writing Month 2007, which begins November 1.
A paradigm-busting, speed-writing, giggle-inducing, great-excuse-for-padding-your-word-count-with-sex-scenes, mass insanity writing event, NaNoWriMo is guaranteed to keep you in the house all of November, tattooing day glo orange Cheetos stains on your PJs, blowing keyboard fuses with spilled coffee, and proclaiming to friends and family all stiff and serious-like that no, you cannot come out and play, you have a novel to work on.
And come November 30th, that's exactly what you'll have to show for your efforts: a 50,000+ word tome that will either be:
A. A great first draft of the novel guaranteed to earn you fame, a six figure income, and Meryl Streep signing on to play the main character in the film version;
B. Utter crap that's good for a laugh with friends at a mass post-NaNo read, complete with crackling fire, a bottle of Scotch, and a Smith and Wesson 38.
I have done NaNo three years in a row and have three fabulously crappy novels to show for it. But within those crap-laden pages lie what I believe could possibly be the rough gems of really real novels. If I ever get around to growing up and actually applying myself.
Mostly, though, I do NaNo because it's fun.
So my bloggy friends, join me, won't you?
For more info, log onto www.nanowrimo.org – sign ups start tonight.