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
- 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!