Warning! Write a Novel in a Month, Month is Coming Up (Insidious Practice Alert #27)

November is coming up. The month has been designated NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

Be alert.

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It means what it says. You join the group, you commit to writing a50,000 word novel in thirty days.  It is a project fraught with simple rules:

1. Any 50,000 words will do. (Now, they do require that they make sense, like, you’ve gotta have sentences and paragraphs.)

2. You may use something you’ve already started. (That is to say, any 39,000 words will do.)

3. You don’t have to write every day of the month. (You could write 50,000 words on the last day and qualify for successful completion. This has been done by many writers who have been slowed by other November happenings, like Thanksgiving or Veteran’s Day.)

4. You can chat with other NaNoWriMo writers. That way, you can get support for your writing a novel that has no need for plot, suspense, character or even accurate spelling. By the way…the words you write in the chat room do not count toward the 50,000.

I have started a counterpart writing organization called NaNoWhyMo. It provides a bemoaning chat room where people can refigure how many words that have to write per day to overcome their not having written anything in the first 13 days of November. NaNoWhyMo also provides basketball and football schedules to provide material for members lists of excuses why they have only written seven words a day.

NaNoWhyMo will provide a prize for the writer who writes the best self-berating, woe-is-me, I-call-myself-a-writer-,but… statement. The winner of the award will be announced on December 1st, if I get around to it. Otherwise, December 2nd. A simple email will suffice to enter. Writers who write more than 3,000 words in November will be disqualified.



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