2012 is my third consecutive annual attempt at writing a novel in a month. Both of my previous runs ended in a midway crisis, but I believe this will be the time that I nail those 50.000 words by the end of the month, and here’s why. Completing this crazy quest is all about mindset and determintation. Anyone can do it if they really want to. Now if you don’t really want to do it, then don’t. But if you do, know that no excuse will suffice. Ditch tumblr, facebook, friends, youtube and tv for a month and you have hours at hand right there. It’s a trade-off, and only worth what you’re willing to give up for it. I’ve broken up with facebook, reconnected with twitter and rearranged my schedule because I believe these are things that will make it a bit easier for me to reach my goal.
Now, no matter what you need to do (wreck your TV, park your car, dump your better half or stop going to classes), and no matter how good you are at doing these things, what it all comes down to is to just WRITE. Don’t go to sleep untill you’ve met your daily quota. One person you DO have to dump this month, however, is you inner editor. This is a writers exclusive trip. You’ll have the whole rest of the year to introduce what you produced to your inner editor, and the two of you will have plenty to talk about and plenty of stuff to edit then. But if you’re taking your inner editor with you on this journey, you can be pretty damn sure that there ain’t gonna be a 50K novel on your desk by the end of it. Unless you live in a cave with electricity but no internet, and type super fast, of course.
Jackson Pearce, Kristina Horner and John Green are some people that inspired me to want to try out this crazyness a few years ago, and it’s not a lie, you need to be a little crazy to attempt this, but crazy is GOOD! If you think writing a novel in a month sounds crazy, awful and a little bit fun, you should definitely check out what these awesome novelists have to say about the consept! Also, there’s this:
In 8 days, it all breaks loose. NaNoWriMo 2011. The World Needs Your Novel. I infamously told everyone I would participate last year, and infamously came to a halt at 3000 words. But this year, I’m putting a little more of my time and energy into it. It’s not like I have homework or anything, so this should be right at my speed for the moment. I hope. So, hopefully, by telling my readers (that I’m not quite sure I have) that I’m doing this, some pressure will be applied. I’m aiming for 2000 words per day, which means I could win by the 25th – which means I should have a fair chance of winning by the 30th.
And please – feel free to join me on this crazy adventure. ‘Cause it’s really oh so crazy. 50.000 words in 30 days. Lets WriMo!
Deeet går ikke så bra nei. Det er nå dag 4, og teoretisk sett burde jeg ha omtrent 6,667 ord på papir i løpet av dagen, og jeg er “stuck” på to: “Kapittel En”. Jeg lasta ned noe så genialt som “Storyist”, hvor jeg har skrevet litt om handlingen og karakterene, men ingenting på selve manuskriptet. Etter den første 3eren i Norsk hovedmål ever lovte jeg meg selv å skrive denne boka på Norsk, men jeg får det bare rett og slett ikke til. Jeg er stuck stuck stuck, å vurderer å skrive på Engelsk. Kan ikke bare denne boka skrive seg selv? Nei, det hadde ikke vert noe morro det heller. Blæh!
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As this is a book blog, and not a book review blog, I figured it would only be appropriate to tell you guys about an upcoming project for aspired and professional writers around the world. It’s called NaNoWroMo, National Novel Writing Month. The rules are simple:
Write 50.000 words by midnight November 30th local time, starting November 1st, and you win. The price is auncompleted, ready to be edited work, and the joy of writing. You have to be older than 13 to participate, and the novel has to consist of more than one word written over 50.000 times. You upload your work and use a word scrambler tool. You own the right to what you wrote and the freedom to do with it as you wish.
I think this is a great concept, and although it started in 2001, this is the first time I ever heard of it. I signed up, and decided to give it a go. In the middle of mid terms and finals of my senior year at upper secondary, this will be a challenge. Also, I don’t have any ideas for a potential novel yet, but starting November 1st I will be writing 2000 words a day.
You should join too! Log in to NaNoWriMo.com, and sign up. There are forums and you can communicate with other NaNoWriMo’ers, and share stuff about your work in progress.