In case you didn’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). It’s when thousands of would-be novelists and actual novelists pledge themselves to constructing and writing a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. (That, by the way, is about 1650 words a day, every day, for the entire month.) This year, among those thousands of would-be novelists is me. Surprise, surprise.
It wasn’t like I was expecting to participate this year. I really wasn’t. But ever since I first learned of the challenge two years ago, something within has screamed at me to participate. Having just bought a house and finally gotten close to settling in, I didn’t know whether I was prepared to undertake he challenge. Still, the weight of peer pressure came into play, as I started seeing person after person in my Twitter stream begin to commit themselves to the undertaking, starting with Jamie, from HowNotToWrite.com (wonderful site, by the way) who I found via StrikeThru, whose advice I followed to attain a few of my very own typewriters.
Just in case you’re wondering, no I’m not writing my novel on a typewriter. Instead I’ve decided to use my MacBook, specifically using Scrivener. (Man, I love that program!) I was planning to use Mr. Universe, my Olympia SM-3, but it looks like the platen needs to be replaced, and the last thing I wanted to do was to rub out the letters from the hammers because of a hard platen.
In case you’re wondering here’s what my novel’s about: The main character’s name is Nicandro. He’s married to Vevila, lives in a house in an older part of town, surrounded by newer developments. Not that this matters much to the story, but I thought it would be nice to give you a bit of the setting. Anyway, so the story deals with his growth, as accented by the types of relational and personal challenges often revealed (or accented) by four major holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Basically, it’s a literary piece where the focus involves the different lessons he learns. I guess it could e counted as a “coming of age” novel, though it’s more like a “coming of the realization of the multileveness of existence.” (It has a lot of existentialist themes, particularly those of Sartre and Dabrowski.)
As you can probably tell, the novel will likely be somewhat autobiographical. That’s fine, at least for the first draft. Subsequent drafts, should I choose to actually (re)write any, will likely involve major rewriting of some parts, which is fine. The point of NaNoWriMo isn’t to get a perfect novel done, it is to get a novel done. Perfection can come later. The big rule is therefore “don’t edit, just write.” (Which is basically the rule for anyone writing a novel, anyway.)
So what will this mean for blogging? Nothing really. I still plan on doing at least one post a week, and likely two, though I don’t suppose I’ll be doing any massive posts, unless I decide to put up a passage I particularly like, or unless something gets me really rilled up, or unless I want to talk about the characters in the novel, and sort of “think out loud” about their development. (You don’t mind if I use you as a sounding board, do you?) I might do a few more videos than normal, though I promise that if I have videos, they’ll be good ones; I’ll probably also do another Le Linkage post. I mean, with all the links I find–most thanks to the people on Twitter these days–I’m surprised I haven’t done one recently. (By the way, if you’re interested in transhumanist topics, you’ve GOT to check out H+ Magazine.)
Oh, and just in case it wasn’t obviously clear, the title refers to how many words I’ve already written, and how many more I’ve yet to go. Guess I better get cracking, huh?