Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nanowrimo--are you in or are you out?

Well, it's Halloween and a bit last minute to be posting this, but tomorrow is the day that National Novel Writing month begins. More usually known in its condensed form of Nanowrimo, this is the month when thousands of  people all over the globe (the contest having long outgrown its national boundaries) attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

Why? Well, that's a good question. There is no real prize, and there isn't really even any judge. You could easily paste in 50,000 words from, say, Project Gutenberg, and still win. No one but you will know.

No, the process is its own reward. It's why so many people come back to it year after year. It makes November feel slightly insane, and there is almost invariably some unforeseen challenge that makes it seem absolutely impossible. Last year, for instance, I had typed the whole thing on a non-internet linked computer called a Neo, due to some problems with my laptop, and then couldn't find a way of connecting them to upload my story until the 11th hour. But I still won! 

Which brings me back to the question: Nanowrimo--am I in or am I out? I still haven't jumped and am not sure I will this year. But only time will tell. Now how about you?

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