Yes you heard that right. Me. The guy who can barely manage to post here regularly is going to actually manage that. To put that into perspective, that means I need to averagely produce 1,666.66….(etc) words EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next month.
And you want to know the fun part? I’m doing this literally on-the-fly. Meaning that there is no plan, no plot, no characters, settings, endings, theories, idealogy – nothing. I’m going to start writing and then just pull whatever I feel like out my arse as I go along and see what nuggets I find amidst the… remains, if you will.
If you have an interest in keeping track of what I’m up to, I’ve put this widget that has a handy-dandy little progress bar on it that I’ll be updating as often as possible —->
Why am I doing this? Well I’ve been at a creative deadlock for a while, you see it’s hard to keep writing just for the sake of it for me, I hate the idea of producing stuff that never gets read or appreciated even though I would love to write just for the **** of it. It’s a mindset. One I want to break, or at least bend. I want to be able to write a volume and maybe use this as a means to flush out a lot of the stuff that has been swirling around my mind because it had no other outlet and maybe my brain will cool down a little once I’m done. Maybe it’ll need a vacation? One I’ll happily provide if I manage to stay the course and complete this thing.
This is something at this moment I plan to do – no matter how good or bad my end result, I will finish this. I say : Kill it all, let the editors sort them out!
With that in mind, I’ve elected to partake in the NaNoWriMo event that takes place once a year, wherein a global collective of writers takes on the challenge of producing a 50K-word work in a month. No other real rules, that’s pretty much it.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
If you want to know more, just click HERE.
I’m still deciding how much of this effort I plan to post up here, so watch this space. The early parts will all be up here, but still unsure if the whole 50K gets blogged!
Anyhow, there you have it folks.
To all the readers who are also taking part in this insane project – best of luck!
To all those along for the ride – Enjoy! ..oh and here are some of my fellow bloggers who are also partaking.
One Honest Writer (TheOthers1)
Words On A Page (Jennings)
Dodging Commas (Stef)