NaNoWriMo Eve

Today is October 31. In addition to being All Hallows Eve, it’s also NaNoWriMo eve.

National Novel Writing Month is an annual mass hallucination, where hundreds of thousands of writers around the globe convince themselves that they should jump off a cliff can write a novel in a month.

The idea is to promote enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces me to lower my expectations, take risks and write on the fly.

I completed the challenge last year, and honestly had a total blast doing so. My novel was not so great, in fact, it had a couple of fatal flaws. I learned a lot about the writing process, and at approximately 56,000 words it was the longest work I’d ever actually finished.

I’m doing it again this year – unfortunately, with less advance research and planning than I’d prefer. I guess that means my work will be spontaneous and creative. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I do know that it will be about:

  • A really big volcano
  • Alternate history
  • Escape fantasy
  • Native American volcano legend
  • Ghosts
  • Geoarchaeology
  • And did I mention a volcano?

I’m really looking forward to diving in and writing. I may post one or two excerpts here if I like a piece really well.

This does mean that blogging will be light for the month of November, as I’ll be frantically writing my 1,667 words per day offline. Please be patient with me!

8 Responses to “NaNoWriMo Eve”

  1. Eric Says:

    I think maybe you should write about a volcano, that would be cool.

    ;-)

    (Tomorrow I’ll be starting something with cowboys and zombies. My heartfelt condolences and cheerleading goes out to you as a kindred soul. Here’s to the first 1,667!)

  2. Vince Says:

    I will be doing this. Yes, I will. But with only (my time) two hours and twenty minutes until November, I haven’t a clue as to what I’m going to actually write.

    But I will write, by golly.

    1,667 words a day.

    Yikes!

  3. mrow Says:

    My plot is centered on a race of gary-stu aliens taking over Earth’s aquarium fishtank-cleaning business…

    VOLCANO!!

  4. kim Says:

    Having drank the kool-aid for the last six years, this is the first year that I did not start the novel at midnight. While I have a great idea, time is not on my side this month. We’ll see. The call of the quill is mighty, but term papers are louder.

    Ps..volcano story? very cool!

  5. MWT Says:

    Mine has zombies in it too. Yay zombies! :)

  6. Michelle K Says:

    Go Jeri!

    (I’ll be the cheering/slacking section this year)

  7. Holy Says:

    Me too…that’s why I dropped by here – wondered if you’d be doing it – I only remembered it last night though.

    Already, doubt is setting in. Can I do it?

    But we already know you can…been there done that, wrote the book draft…or something like that, right?

    This time, I think you should try a different topic. Something way different, like maybe about a volcano or something. It’s a thought. A trip to Mt St Helen’s might inspire you.

    Good luck, have fun and Godspeed.

  8. Jeri Says:

    Thanks, all, for the words of encouragement! 3264 words today, and still inspired. :)

    Best wishes to all who are joining me on this crazy journey – Eric, Vince, Mrow, MWT, Kim, Anne, Nathan and Holy!

    I won’t say good luck, because I firmly believe we make our own luck. :D