October 21, 2004


NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Special thanks to jrhensle for this lead. :)

The essence of NaNoWriMo (from what I can tell) is to write a novel (50,000 words or more) in a month's time. The writing begins on November 1st and goes through November 30th.

They (obviously) promote quanitity over quality. If you're skeptical, there's a book. If you're interested, you can sign up on the site.

I'm tempted to try, just 'cause. :)

Posted by TheIdeaMan at October 21, 2004 02:16 PM | TrackBack

um. wow.
evelyn waugh took three months off from military service during world war ii to write his masterful Brideshead Revisited, and that was booking it.
i have to say i'm NOT tempted to try.... =)
i'm bigger on quality than quantity i guess.
though i'll admit that having the best of both worlds would be wonderful if possible.

Posted by: joy at October 21, 2004 03:08 PM

I completely agree about the quality preference. It struck me as a good project to push past ones inhibitions.

As a side note, the creators of the contest know full well that most of what's written for the contest will be junk. I think it was mianly created just for the excersize.

Posted by: Benjamin at October 21, 2004 03:12 PM

Hm... I guess if practice makes perfect, then one's writing style would (in theory) improve quite a bit if you really put the effort into it.

I appreciate the propostion.

Maybe after school ends. I have far to many similar personal goals right now.

Posted by: timf at October 21, 2004 04:16 PM

Oh, that I were not already in two writing classes...

Posted by: stephanie at October 21, 2004 07:31 PM

This idea sounds very Proustian, but why not? I wonder if A la recherche du temps perdu started off this way . . . .

But it does sound fascinating, and just might be a whole lotta fun.

Posted by: froc at October 22, 2004 08:40 AM


Thanks for the intro to Proust. I did a quick (I'll I've got time for right now) search on the web and turned up a site about the book you mentioned (in English: Remembrance of Things Past).

There's the link for anyone who has more time than I.

Thanks for the info, froc.

Posted by: Benjamin at October 22, 2004 08:52 AM
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