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NaNoWriMo

November 4th, 2010 at 10:26 am

I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo, which is a challenge to write a 50,000 word Novel during November.

I’ve tried before – and failed, but this time I’m approaching it differently this time. First, I don’t have a master overarching plot already worked out. Turns out a ‘fill in the blanks’ approach to writing isn’t for me, while seeing where characters seem to want to go themselves is. Perhaps I’m just more interested in the premise this time. All I’m willing to say, right now, is that the Novel currently has the name of ‘Jones Versus the Dark’.

Secondly I’m assuming that by the end of the month, if I’ve hit the target of 50,000 words, I’m likely to be a better fiction writer than I am right at this instant. It might not sound like much, but it gives me permission not to worry about how good or well written this early stuff is. Better to review this stuff and improve it after I’ve had the benefit of a month’s worth of experience and better understand exactly what this story is about and what my ‘style’ might be.

The schedule for NaNoWriMo is somewhat punishing, especially with other commitments, so I suspect I’ll be updating this blog even less. I just thought it might be an idea to explain why.

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