sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
10/2/19 5:20 a.m.

So, I know we have a few writers bouncing around the board.  I did a search, and came back with zero hits for NaNoWriMo, i.e. National Novel Writing Month

which is a monthlong 'competition'... challenge?... to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  The point being, to get off the sidelines, write ~1700words per day, and blow through the mental blocks and temptation to edit that tends to slow first time writers down, and cause them to have a bunch of incomplete stories that's a chapter or two.

I've attempted it 9 times since 2009, and completed it successfully 8 of those times.

Do you have kids?  Don't worry, there's a simultaneous "Young Writers Program" too for people under 18 to (iirc) set their own goal and work towards writing their own story/novel during November.

Anyhow, I plan to do that again this year... and am looking forward to being about to pump out more words than I've been able to in the past, with my new found 'quiet morning time' now that the sleepykids are both in a school of some sort.  Any other takers?

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
10/2/19 12:35 p.m.

Totally cool!

 

ebelements
ebelements New Reader
10/2/19 1:01 p.m.

I nominate Mazdeuce, only because I want to read whatever he comes up with.

slefain
slefain PowerDork
10/2/19 1:32 p.m.

Bonus idea: whatever you write, throw it on Amazon and see if it sells. Since self publishing is stupid easy now, might was well see if anyone will buy it. I created a throwaway publication for a company years ago and we threw it on Amazon as a test. Sure enough, people paid $7 and bought it. Blew my mind.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
10/2/19 1:50 p.m.

I think I tried this once, didn't finish. I think I may need to spend October as National Novel Plotting Month so I can have a clear idea of what to start writing. I've found without an outline, when I try writing a novel, it tends to get bogged down in the Great Swampy Middle. I once even wrote a novel (still trying to get it commercially published) where I wrote the beginning and end first, and then went through a couple middles trying to get the two connected.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
10/2/19 1:58 p.m.

In reply to MadScientistMatt :

technically speaking, if you can write a beginning and ending that is 50k words in 30 days, you'll still "win", and part of the idea of NaNoWriMo is that there's some benefit in 'exercising the writing muscle' to get better.

They've got a prep program, that started in September.  But, you might could squeeze it in before November?

Also, there's some perks to winning... but I'm not finding them easily right now.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 UltimaDork
10/2/19 2:11 p.m.

I started a novel 20 years ago.  I doubt I'll finish it in a month.

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