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#ScottBlog - NaNoWriMo 2010!

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So thanks to a very delightful lady I met recently I've been prompted to try my hand at NaNoWriMo! This shall be an interesting journey.

What is NaNoWriMo?

Well, it's a project, I suppose you could say. Sort of a competition, more a personal challenge. Their website explains it better than I could - you can find the explanation here - but a short synopsis would be that it's an organised challenge to writers everywhere, globally (despite 'Na' standing for 'National').

The aim is to write a 50,000 word novel over the space of November. It's run for several years - since 1999, actually - and last year had over 165,000 participants! The aim is to get writers simply writing - past the worries and concerns of dealing with character development, plot, etc. This is unfettered creation, submitting to the Muse and letting yourself simply... write crap.

Why do it?

I'm a big big fan of literacy. Books are a huge influence in a lot of my life and while I sadly don't get time to read as much as I used to I certainly do indulge - on a very regular basis - in the joy of online role-playing, particularly over chat.

I approach it as collaborative storytelling. NaNoWriMo represents, to me, an opportunity to hone my skills as a writer, to break through the barriers of self-consciousness that all writers face ('But what if people think it's stupid?'), and to simply have fun writing whatever the hell I want!

But what will you write, Scott?

Uhh... See, that's the issue. I'm not sure. Deciding what to write has always been as much a struggle for me as getting it done and dusted. It's something I'm pondering.

Fan-fiction is acceptable but I'd rather do something of my own. I have some stories - novel concepts - in mind for some of the earlier FootPrints Ages, starring the signature characters - but you can't start NaNoWriMo with an outline.

So... Should I do it too?

If you're a writer, definitely! If you're not a writer but have always wanted to try, definitely! If you're not a writer but you want to watch the progress... Well. Check out their website at least.

The NaNoWriMo website has the capacity to add 'writing buddies' so if you want to join, definitely do so! Let me know through the NaNoMail and I'll happily add you as a writing buddy. Feel free to add me! You'll find my profile right here.

Anything else?

Have fun! That's the most crucial thing. Enjoy the craft and art of writing. NaNoWriMo won't be easy but it's not about being good as much as being consistent.

Take care, and I hope to have you on my writing buddy list soon!

-- Scott

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