Tuesday, October 27, 2009


OK, I'm gonna do it. I'm going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). What is NaNoWriMo?

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: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

I was thinking about using this to make some progress on my novel-not-in-progress, but technically that would be cheating, since you're supposed to start a new novel, and I have another project that I've been meaning to work on anyway.

So this is what I'll be working on: a Harry Potter parody called Harry Ninja and the Ninja's Stones. It's the story of an orphaned ninja named Harry Ninja, who enrolls at a boarding school for ninjas called the Warthog* School of Ninjutsu and Ninjary, where he studies subjects such as Infiltration, Sabotage, and Defense against the Pirate Arts.

I don't know if I'll actually get close to 50,000 words. I'm a painfully slow writer, and 50,000 words in a month is over 1,600 a day. That's an awful lot for me. But I'm going to give it a shot. I know a lot of you are writers too; I hope you'll consider giving it a try as well.

*School motto: "All the good animals were already taken."


  1. Dude! I almost did this but let November first come and go! Dang! Wish you the best bro! Power through it!! Enjoying your blog, by the by.

  2. Day 2 and I'm already behind. :D

    But that's OK. Really I don't think I can do 50,000 words in a month. I'm not sure I've ever written 1,667 words in one day in my life! I'm just gonna write every day and see how far I can get.

    And thanks, I'm glad you like the blog.


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