Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bring on November

With the onset of November comes NaNoWriMo. This is a month of masochism, unrelenting writers block and the sheer terror of not being able to write for two days in a row and what that will do to your word count.

For the uninitiated: in November, a large number of similarly inclined fools gather together and each write a 50,000 word novel. Typically they will also write an additional 50,000 words of support to the other people in their group about the problems they are collectively having; meet for coffee, cake and conversation; contribute financially to the non-profit who are running it and generally be good, if slightly off-the-wall and increasingly dependent on caffeine and alcohol fuelled bursts of inspiration as the deadline looms ever nearer, people.

There are very few rules, even fewer that I'm aware of, but they run thusly:
1) You must write something wholly new - not rewrite something you did previously, or add 50k words to a partially existing novel. You can have the plot and characters worked out in your head and you can plan things but you cannot write a single word until the clock starts.
2) Your word count is checked by the NaNoWriMo website. The year before last my word processor insisted I had written 50,500 words while the website was equally adamant I had not reached the 50,000 barrier. I had to keep going for a few more thousand words until I gained the website's approval.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I think it's a great thing to do - incredibly challenging, exhausting and rewarding - so this is a bit of an advertisement. Check the website for more information!

However, the other reason is because I came up with my idea a while back (we're talking years) but it was always a graphic novel in my head. Now I just want it written, so I'm going to do it this November. Unfortunately, it's messing with my game.

My game, for clarity, is my effort to write 50 creative pieces on this blog (ideally one a week) within the space of a year.

The only plot in my head right now is the one I can't write until November. So I'm scrambling around for silly things to do just to keep going, but that isn't really as fun as actually writing stuff was.

What's the word I'm looking for here? Ouroboros?


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