a project for next november??

back at the beginning of this month, a november project idea came to my attention. i was immediately intrigued! and, no – i am not referring to movember. πŸ™‚

no, this 30 day race involves creative writing.

i’d never heard nanowrimo (national novel writing month) until i read about it on stephanie’s blog – she is participating this year. then, kim talked about it on her blog, as well (which was a pleasant surprise because kim’s blog is mostly about ultrarunning). stephanie does a good job of explaining the concept in her blog post here, but the gist of the challenge is that you write a 50 000 word novel in one month.


cool, eh?!

i have been reading stephanie’s periodic updates with great eagerness. when i checked in on kim’s blog, earlier this week, she had updated (here) that she has dropped out of the writing project –Β  a dnf on day 21, as she says.

i’m going to backburner this idea for next november, and it’s a good thing i have eleven + months to figure out solutions to these two challenges:

the main problem would be outlining a compelling – heck, i’d settle for interesting – storyline…what would i write about for 50 000 words?? note that this is a NOVEL writing experiment – not a memoir.

the next issue would be finding time (that was kim’s downfall). in order to reach 50 000 words, you need to write 1666.67 words per day – at first glance, when you break it down like that, i didn’t think it sounded like that much – that number of words is about 2.5 blog posts, given my usual wordiness. however, when i blog i can just ramble write like i’m having a chat with you. novel writing involves relentless forward motion advancing your plot, making your characters talk like real people, and using your imagination. i bet 1500+ words per day would require a few hours, at least.


anyway, i think this is a super-neat idea. i like rules, i work well under deadlines, i like to write, i appreciate quirky ideas…i shall reflect on it!

also, i would not write with the desired goal of publishing my oeuvre. it wouldn’t matter if it never saw the light of day. it’s the new experience aspect of nanowrimo that is the motivating element, for me.

stephanie, write on, and i am cheering for you as we head to the final few days!

what would you write about if you were going to write a book, and what type of book would you write? the young adult genre intrigues me…and i’d have lots of characters, lots of dialogue, not much description. i would avoid historical fiction – doing the research would bore me to pieces!


speaking of books, i am on page 286 out of 517 of the time traveler’s wife. i’m enjoying it, but so much for finishing it this month! i’ll aim for the end of 2011!


november thankfulness:

(for thursday november 24): yesterday i was thankful for the blends (blog friends) i have made through blogging. we’ve never met, yet i look forward to our visits through our back-and-forth blog commenting. thank you, world wide web, for bringing people together!!

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  • Dorry  On November 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I think about writing a book all the time! I have many ideas. πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

      and thanks to your travel experiences, you could incorporate some very exotic locales!

  • Lisa  On November 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I started nanowrimo last year, but lasted only 4 days. I wanted to do it so badly, but it was so impractical given my schedule. I didn’t start this year knowing I wouldn’t be able to follow through. I’m thinking, though, next year might be the year! I’ve got my workload heading in a much better direction (counting days till the end of the semester!).

    I would definitely write a young adult novel—I’ve imagined writing one since I was about 12 and I used to borrow the same books from the library over and over again because I loved the stories so much.

    I like quirky main characters (like Ramona Quimby)…and I really haven’t thought out anything else!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      wow! that is cool that you made an attempt last year, at least. and yes, i can totally see how your teaching sched would leave very little writing time. i can so relate! -> i used to read my favourite books over and over and over, too….judy blume’s?? at least 12 times each. and i loved ramona. maybe we can be nanowrimo buddies next year…and i am glad that your workload is going to take a new direction!

  • Stephanie  On November 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Ah, but the beauty is that it’s all about the word count! They suggest on the nanowrimo website that if you get stuck, you can always add in ninjas. Seriously, this isn’t about crafting beautiful literature. It’s about proving to yourself that you can write a book. Not a GOOD book. Just a book.

    (As for time…well, we all know that I don’t have any pressing responsibilities most days. Mad props to people with jobs and kids who “win” nanowrimo!)

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      ah!! i am so glad you weighed in, stephanie! you are our resident expert. ninjas like warrior ninjas?? or is there another meaning that i am not getting?!! i love this – “write a book…not a GOOD book.” that i think i could do! πŸ™‚ good luck writing today!

  • Zo  On November 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I really admire anyone who’s trying to do NaNoWriMo….but unless I get way better with organizing my time (a perennial goal…) and ensuring I actually have the time once I get it organized I don’t think I’d sign up for it. And yes, my blog post are mostly my spur of the moment rambles with a little bit of editing and “zhuzhing” (i had to google that to find any hope of spelling that). So the planning/plotting aspect would be tricky! But I look forward to hearing about your work on it if you go for it!

    • Zo  On November 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

      oops..make that zhushing (although it’s probably got 80 million other spellings)

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

      i love that you google spellings, too – i do that all the time. and zhushing is a great word! organizing time…well, small steps, right? you’ve been getting in your blog posts per week very well, i think! enjoy your holiday friday today, zo!

  • Gina Unger  On November 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    nonowrimo! cool “word” and cool concept! i LOVE writing, but don’t think i’d want to be participating in that exact project idea. you should go for it for next november, though, cath!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

      i like the acronym, too! hey!!! what great tshirt idea – or maybe they already have one?! you know me, i’ll do anything for a tshirt! i think your particular challenge would be TIME, what with the little ones at the ages they are now, gina! πŸ™‚

  • limebirdbeth  On November 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    You should go for it! It’s great fun! πŸ™‚

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