NaNoWriMo

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Sounds like Alien for “Take Me To Your Leader” or “Mars Needs Women” or something, but no: NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  Two friends and I are very seriously considering doing it.  (My friends M.D., sometimes known as Petra Funkenstein, and The Girlfriend, a.k.a. Gretchen Chapman-Collins.)  Really, I have no excuse this year since I am unemployed with a relatively small school w*rkload.

So what are we doing?  We’re writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.  That’s 1,667 words a day.  That’s writing without editing, which will probably w*rk reasonably well in Petra’s case, because she’s awesome enough to deserve the moniker “Petra Funkenstein”, and The Girlfriend’s book is a rewrite of City of Night, which she originally wrote almost all of in High School, so that should go reasonably well too.  (Note: yes, this is cheating of her.  She may not be doing Nanowrimo officially.)  But me?  I expect mine to blow chunks of leftover mushroom-and-green-pepper pizza all over your screen.

I’m going to be writing my Maze story, which I envisioned as a serial.  I mentioned it a while ago: mixture of Lost, Labyrinth, Midnight Nation, The Mist, House of Leaves (the non-postmodern part), and probably a bunch of other things I can’t think of.  Hell, maybe I’ll work in some Dragonball Z.

It’s gonna be raw like your mom, but I figure easiest way to get it polished is to puke it out first.  If I don’t force myself to start writing it, I never will.  It’s not well plotted, it currently has no characters to speak of, just some basic world-building and some themes.  But starting Saturday, we’re gonna have some characters saying things and doing things.  I can’t (/can) wait.

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One Response to “NaNoWriMo”

  1. Sebatinsky Says:

    I was strongly considering NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m doing my thesis this year and I thought it would probably be best to pour all my effort into that instead of a novel.

    Next year at this time I will probably be taking only one class to finish up the degree, so maybe then I will tackle it.

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