NaNoWriMo… Is It Crazy?

I too have been drawn into ‘National Novel Writing Month’ after reading what some of my tweet buddies had to say on the subject. For those of you who have never head of this, the challenge is to write a 50k word novel in the month of November. No easy task.

By chance, I had started a new short story the night before I discovered this strange annual event. So, I decided to role up my sleeves and expand upon the idea I had been musing over. So far it has been very good fun, although I’m restricting my writing time for this project, only working on it during the evening. It’s a bit like doing something naughty… I’m working on a project which currently has no purpose…

I have heard mixed opinions about this event from people on twitter. From what I can tell, authors think it’s a great way to challenge them and possibly come up with the bare bones to something which could be quite good. The agents/ publishers think this is the worst thing to have ever happened. They are currently preparing themselves for a barrage of extremely poorly written manuscripts over Christmas.

Personally, I have stumbled upon a set of characters that I really love. I think this will definitely give me the basis for something which could be rather interesting. Don’t worry agents/ publishers, it will be thoroughly redrafted before it wings its way to your waste paper bins!

Are any of you trying to write a novel in a month? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

2 Responses to “NaNoWriMo… Is It Crazy?”

  1. Rebecca Brown Says:

    This reflects my own experience pretty well actually. I heard so much about NaNoWriMo I decided to give it a go and I’m really pleased so far. I’m behind on word count, mostly due to my kids, but I like what’s coming out. In my case it’s a story I’ve been going to write for years and now actually being pushed to finish.

    And if I ever decide it’s good enough to submit, I’ll be waiting until it’s been edited & redrafted ruthlessly!

  2. ClareWilson Says:

    I know, tell me about it. It’s really hard to find the time to spend on it. I’m still really happy at the material I’ve produced. It’s miles away from what I have been writing lately, so it’s like a little holiday…

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