01 November 2006

Write a novel in a month?

My esteemed friend mentioned over on his blog that November is National Novel Writing Month, the goal being to write a 50,000 word... um... piece of fiction, in the month of November. This boils down to 1667 words per day, which is significantly less than I did on Lauderdale on good days. But "good days," on Lauderdale, were days in North Carolina on the porch where the only thing I had to do all day apart from writing was fix and consume meals. I could put in 10,000 words on such a day if things were going well.

Now I have a job that keeps me busy from 0730 to 1700 or so. I should at least be able to get 1667 words a day at the speed I type. But what to write about? I've decided this is the perfect opportunity to explore science fiction, cyberpunk, or noir, all three of which I've considered trying my hand at.

Since the goal of National Novel Writing Month is not to produce a good novel, but just to write for the sake of writing (something too few people do), it seems a great opportunity to give one of those genres a shot. And I think everyone else should, too. So I'm challenging my readers--well, my readers who blog, and my other readers who have any sort of emotional connection to the little silhouetted tree there on the right and didn't just give birth, and my other readers who think it sounds fun--to join me, and apparently also Scanime, and at the end of the month we'll see just exactly how ridiculous the things we've come up with are and pass them around and have a good laugh. Come on, you know it sounds like fun. Admit it. Even if you don't hit the 50,000 word mark, you can at least try, right? Right. So it's settled then. And since the 1st is already almost over for me you all have a head start.

Remember, it doesn't have to be any good. It just has to be.


Lucky Bob said...

Ha. I'll post again. I haven't written anything since taking the fiction writing class you recommended. I really liked it and still have a mythos built around the character i created, but I have no plot. I'd seriously consider it if I didn't have so much going on right now. I'm taking a 4 hour class that is requiring the work of a 5+ hour class, and work. Maybe I should commit to reading 50,000+ words this month. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

I'm in for NaNoWriMo. If anyone else decides to go for it, I'll add them to my NaNoWriMo buddy list.

Rambling Speech said...

Can it be a series of short stories? I just realized that I am actually writing quite a lot during the day. Today, I wrote a one page single spaced story feature the phoneme /ch/ for one of my highschool students. Does that count if I put them all together??? ;-)