Wednesday, October 21, 2009


It's that time again!  NaNoWriMo begins in less than two weeks, so I wanted to toss something out there about it.  If you have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, it's National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every November.  The idea is that you'll begin the month with a fresh idea and an empty word processor, and come out on the other end with 50,000+ words to show for the month.  It comes out to 1,667 words per day during the month of November, which is not asking too much at all, if you ask me!   Of course, I've been doing this for 6 years this year and I've only finished once.  It's not easy, but it's ridiculous fun!  The prize is self-satisfaction at having written a book (which is actually more like a novella, though Catcher in the Rye was only about 50k words or so, I hear), a nifty winner's button for your blog/website, and a printable PDF certificate declaring you a winner.  Don't you want to be declared a NaNoWriMo winner?!  Well, dontcha?!

I posted the link button and word count widget on the right hand sidebar.  The link is click-able, if you want to see my NaNoWriMo profile.  If you're planning to sign up, add me as a writing buddy, I can use all the encouragement I can get!  If you're not planning to sign up, you should do it anyway and add me as a writing buddy!

In preparation for this year's NaNoWriMo, I've made a video intro for the NaNoWriMo Viddler Group and I've made a banner for my forum signature.  I'm going to post the video here, so you can see it if you like, but no pressure at all.  It won't bother me if you want to pass, it's about 6 1/2 minutes of me rambling on and on about what I have planned.

I also wanted to share my banner, mostly because I'm really happy with it.  It's all part of the NaNo fun!  A lot of people make these really awesome mock book covers for their NaNoNovels as a way to get psyched up for the event.  I did one last year and it came out pretty damn good if you ask me! I may do one this year, too, I don't know.  It all depends on how antsy I get to start working.   I can't have idle hands where this is concerned, so the creativity goes other places.

My soon-to-be-written NaNoNovel is tentatively titled "Remembering Tomorrow" which makes more sense if you know what the book is above.  Sadly, I'm not sharing that right now, so you'll just have to use your imagination. Ha!  I don't want to jinx myself, you know.  I want to actually get this done this year!  You'll be hearing a lot about NaNoWriMo over the next two months or so as I prepare, write, and come down from the excitement surrounding the event.   I might post a character profile for my main character, who's name will likely be Nina, though that's not set in stone.

So, will you be doing NaNoWriMo this year?!  If so, leave me a comment with your NaNoWriMo username or a link to your profile so I can add you as a writing buddy.  If not, like I said above, go and sign-up and try it... and then leave me your username so we can be writing buddies.  Starting to sense the theme?!  Anyhow,  It's crazy fun.