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NaNoWriMo…er…what was that I was saying?

2 Nov

OK, so I’m a fool. After deciding yesterday that I was absolutely definitely, in no way whatsoever going to be able to do NaNoWriMo this year, I sat down last night and wrote 1,667 words (which, for those not in the know, is the daily word count necessary to complete NaNoWriMo). It was easy, it was fluid, and it took me little more than an hour. Better yet, I could think of ways to continue the story, possibly even to novel-length (which, given that most of my stories fade into the ether after about 1,000 words, was nothing short of astounding). It would have been churlish to refuse such an opportunity.

So it looks like I’m doing it. Embarking on this strange, stressful, wonderful journey of sleep deprivation, repetitive strain injury and potential madness. I keep telling myself that I’ll stop if it all gets too much, but even I know that I’m kidding myself. I’m going to carry on with NaBloPoMo as well, because I’m too stubborn to give up on a challenge once I’ve started it, but the posts here will probably be fairly light on creative writing: I’m not sure if I can cope with any more that 1,667 words a day.

I’m writing my second day’s block of words right now (or I was before I started procrastinating), on the train from Reading to Durham. Sitting in my first class seat (courtesy of the parents – clearly I should get tonsillitis more often), taking advantage of the free power supply, drinking cold (but free) coffee, and wondering how the next month will pan out. Will it kill me? Will it destroy my degree? Will I ever stop writing everything in lists of three? Only time will tell.


1 Nov

This month, I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo. A few of my friends are doing it, especially those from the Durham Creative Writing Society, I wanted to do it last year but didn’t manage it, and I would just really like to actually finish a novel. This year, I thought, was my year. Then November 1st rolled around and I had no plan, no time, and no hope. But before I could curl up in a ball and cry, I caught sight of a link on Twitter to NaBloPoMo. In case you were wondering, this stands for National Blog Posting Month, and unlike NaNoWriMo, it actually runs year-round. This is the badge for this month:NaBloPoMo 2011So it may not be as hardcore or as prestigious as NaNoWriMo, but this month I am pledging to blog daily, and (and this is very important) to try not to allow these daily posts to descend into inane ramblings. There are prompts on the site to help keep you focused, and I do love prompts, so I’m hoping that this will end well!