2005 National Novel Writing Month

Well, that time is here again. National Novel Writing Month!! Oh BOY!!
Time to get up at 5AM instead of 4:30 and pound my arthritic fingers into swollen, screaming appendages. Time to drink more coffee and beer than any other time of the year. This year I swear I am going to remember that I have a gemstone business and that I still need to run it and send customers what they order and keep my books. I will remember to give the #1 #88 fan some attention on occasion. I will check my email. I will call my children and grandchildren at least once each. I will feed the cat.
I am wishing already that I would have figured out how to run that voice typing program on my fancy schmancy computer. I have once again been foiled by my tendency to procrastinate and disdain of following directions.
I have started at the end instead of the beginning by having a professional photograph taken by my Logitec Webcam for my bio and book jacket. I forgot to clean up the mess behind me, however the Truth is always the best angle to take when one is doing a self portrait. I wanted to do a boudoir portrait, but the #1 #88 fan said my Tony Stewart jammies just didn’t cut it. I threw on my Einstein Mind t-shirt instead.
My fingers are killing me already, so I will cut and paste the rest of the info about the endeavor, plus or minus a few of my own words.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: I (You*?) will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing myself (yourself*) to write so intensely, I (you*) am/are giving myself ( yourself*) permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
As I (you*) you spend November writing, I ( you*) can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and — when the thing is done — the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2004, we had over 42,000 participants. Nearly 6000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: Me! You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from your novel at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: Sign-ups began October 1, 2005. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

Still confused?
Just visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!


1 Comment

  1. Good luck!! Remember to stretch those fingers and have your pit crew ready to hand you coffee or whatever you drink is….

    May the force of Tony be with you….

    PS. email me if you want Wendy’s home addy…appears her internet was cut off.

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