The NaNo Challenge

I have never done NanoWriMo before.

This yearly contest challenges writers, newbies and experienced, to try their hand at pumping out one whole novel in thirty days. There’s no money involved, it’s for the experience.

Now, for me, this is a departure from how I usually do things.  I can work on a deadline, and I have done it before. But a whole novel. In one month?

One of my friends is doing it this year, and after he talked about it, I thought it might be a good idea to join, too. I have an idea that has been in my head for a few weeks now, but I have the feeling it’s going to have to be laid out in an unconventional way. So what better way to start than attacking the page and doing the clean up later?

The thing that’s funny is you grow so accustomed to self editing every few paragraphs (and sometimes, every few words). It’s going to be hard to turn that off. But I am hoping it will also be liberating.

In the meantime, I will try to post here more often, and keep ahead a few episodes on the Marradith series.

And speaking of Marradith, I received the final edit of the novel this week. So now it’s a matter of getting together a book cover and formatting. Exciting stuff!

For any of you who are writers, are you signing up for this year? And if so, are you doing it for fun, or do you think you’ll make something of the manuscript when it’s done?


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