Wednesday, October 6, 2010
News of the Day
In the meantime:
Most of my Clarionite buddies and I have joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, http://www.nanowrimo.org/), in which the goal is to write 50,000 words from Nov. 1st to midnight Nov.30th. Roughly, that's 1667 words a day, without a break. That's a lot of damn words. Some people go into this with a complete plan for a novel, plot mapped out, characters of depth, etc. I don't want to do that. Firstly, because I've been reading a lot of stream-of-consciousness books lately (see: The Orange Eats Creeps, by Grace Krilanovich) and I want to give this a whirl - not that I'm saying stream-of-consciousness books aren't mapped out beforehand; I'm saying I don't want to overthink it. All I know about what I want to write about is this: it's going to be vaguely Young Adult, the main character is named Moo, there is a circus involved, and something very absurd happens.
The point of NaNoWriMo, of course, is not to hash out a brilliant novel in a month. Very, very few people can actually do this successfully anyway. The point is to write like a fool and see what happens and then, if it's worth keeping, revise it later.
I'm hoping to finish one or two more short stories before November because I'd like to get about 7 or 8 in circulation before I disappear for a month into my "novel."
What are you guys dressing up as for Halloween? I'm going as the Headless Snuggie.