Nov 5, 2007

[Web] NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

November heralds one of the stranger online celebrations of the modern web, which is National Novel Writing Month, which is also known as NaNoWriMo for short. It's a somewhat madcap competition that challenges writers to create a 175-page (50,000 word) novel in the span of exactly 30 days starting November 1 and ending on November 30, 2007.

It's not about writing the next great novel in the span of 30 days but just to write one and to get past your inhibitions as a writer. It's about forcing writers to take risks and pushing the limits of your imagination and your writing ability. The competition has come a long way from its humble beginnings in San Francisco back in 1999 and this year marks the ninth celebration of this writing event.

I'm still on the fence if I want to even attempt a novel in this time frame, but it certainly is a fun idea. Don't get worried about the "National" aspect of the title since this has already evolved into an international competition given how cyberspace recognizes no political or geographic limitations, really.

Should I? I still haven't figured out an ending for that time travel short story I was writing about. =P

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