NaNoWriMo

This is where everything pertaining to my National Novel Writing Month (Nov 1-30, 2010) will go. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.

My brother haszari linked me to this in 2007 but I didn’t feel I had the time or inspiration. This year, I have a lot of time and a lot more confidence. So why not?

Check back for daily updates, writing methods, character outlines, an evolving plot synopsis and links to things that help me in my quest.

Other people who are all up in NaNoWriMo:

Amitha Knight (blog) (twitter)
Coline Kern (blog)
Jay Jay (blog)
Prem Rao (blog) (twitter)
Sudeshna Das (blog) (twitter)
Sushi (blog) (twitter)

MY LOG OF DELIGHT & DESPAIR

November 1 – START: Finding a method, thinking of a story to tell, and sketching out a main character.

November 2 – All hail the Yamanote: Actually starting, a strange calm, Japanese girls and other people.

November 3 – Statistics/Obey: Breaking a novel and a writing process down into stats, describing way too much and a soundtrack to fit the mood.

November 4 – Your past present future: Writing in the present tense (with an excerpt) and planning, for a change.

November 5 – DON’T write that novel: Laura Miller of Salon.com is >:( about NaNoWriMo, and I am talentless narcissist.

November 9 – EXPLAIN YOURSELF: Bouncing Back, deepening characterisation, describing an unfamiliar setting and a new soundtrack.

November 10 – just a moment: Other commitments (and a great big joyful festival) obscuring the NOVEL, writing from a woman’s perspective and being spurred on by writing buddies.

November 12 – Talking pep: An unwelcome ‘pep talk’, links and new themes via the magic of the Intarnet.

November 16 – making me feel ill: The festival was great, I feel sick, here’s a taster.

November 18 – different trains: Why I chose Musashi-Kosugi as an important location, more on the details and a distracted style.

November 20 – what you don’t know: Sebastian Faulks’ advice to young writers hits home.

November 27 – some people are on the pitch: almost there, but I’m not. Ah well.

4 responses to “NaNoWriMo

  1. Surfing through blog after blog as we do when we are procrastinating from NaNo, I found this and was happy to read a bit about your NaNo journey. NaNo has actually morphed into something else for me at this point (17 Nov) and so I won’t be reaching the elusive 50,000 mark, but I’m still keen to read about others who are pushing through the pain barrier, as it were. Good luck!
    *Now going to check out the rest of your blog:)

    • Hi, Marie – thanks for the encouragement! I’m not sure whether I’ll finish this story inside 30 days, though I’m pretty sure I’ll still make it to 50,000 words even though I’m currently so far behind. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you enjoyed my little corner of the innertubes!

  2. Thanks for the mention. My debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” which stemmed from my NaNoWriMo effort of 2009 will be released on November 29 at Bangalore. Hope you will like it.

    All the best for your NaNo effort!

    • Thanks for the comment, Prem. I’ll try to check out ‘It Can’t Be You’ if I can get hold of it.

      I’m going very slowly and at this point it’s hard to see me ‘winning’, but we’ll see. At the very least I have the makings of something I can be proud of.

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