I know, I know, I haven’t been very active in the blogosphere in recent months. Actually, 2007 hasn’t been a very bloggy year for me. But let’s talk about something else: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The challenge: to write, in one month (from November 1 to 30), a 50,000-word novel.
I tried last year but didn’t get pass the first page. On the first day, the ink ran dry; I probably had chosen the wrong topic. This year, I planned it a bit more: I thought up the main lines of the story and divided it into some 30 parts, roughly one per day. Some are longer, some shorter. Not that it’s all good, but the point is to write. That’s the exercise. So what if the novel is not that good, if the writing doesn’t flow, if the scenes aren’t hilarious or the dialogue witty. At least, it’s moving forward. As the organizers and pep-talkers always say: no editing. Editing is for December. The scenes you’re writing is going nowhere? Put is aside. Your main character is in a pickle you don’t know how to fix? Skip ahead.
What I’m writing isn’t chronologically sound. They’re little scenes, anecdotes often told in the manner of Abraham J. Simpson: with a lot of tangents and digressions. I’m working a bit like some movie directors: telling myself everything will be fixed and figured out in the editing room.
So, midway through this trek, where am I? Well, I reached the 20,000-word mark, but not the halfway point. Not bad, but still late. At 1,667 words a day, about a day late. (You can actually follow my progression with the icon in the lefthand menu.) And contrary to what some might expect of a nine-to-fiver, weekends are worst than weekdays. Guess it’s a question of having more structure on those days. Will I have to structure my weekends? We’ll see.
Update, November 17, 2007:
wouhou! Reached the 25,000-word mark (one day late).