Knowing the general level of creativity bubbling up from New Babbage, I wonder if anyone has participated in NaNoWriMo?
For those who aren’t familiar, NoNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” a project started in 1999. The stated goal of the organization is to encourage participants to attempt to write an entire novel during the month of November.
The emphasis of this event is to take a seat-of-your-pants approach and write with reckless abandon, valuing quantity over quality. Since writing for volume can generate a lot of good ideas that might be refined later, writers often experience this as a spark to get creative ideas flowing. Others do it just for the challenge. A number of publishable works have come out of the NaNoWriMo, including Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.
I’m seriously considering giving it a bash this year, and have 28 days to make a decision. Since I’m in the thralls of plotting, I thought I’d ask if anyone else plans to participate, or if I can convince someone to join me. They say that misery loves company, after all.
1 month, 50,000 words. Oh, yeah.
Please take a look at the NaNoWriMo website for more information.
(And incidentally, I agree. “NaNoWriMo” is perhaps the least creative name that could have been coined for something like this. *shakes head sadly*)