From this day forward until 1st Dec 2010, please do not be alarmed if you don’t see me around online. If you don’t see me around, that doesn’t mean I’m dead or I’ve been abducted by aliens for experimental purpose.
I’ll be on a very dangerous mission… I’ll be attempting my yearly novel writing challenge again. Yes, I did it again. This will be my 6th year attempting to write a novel with at least 50,000 in just 30 days. So please do not… uh… disturb me… unless you want to give me $$ or you intend to ask me out and feed me with yummylicious food.
Yep, yep, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. But instead of just being a normal participant, I’m a volunteer too this year (which means, triple the fun, triple the work). This year around, I’m a Municipal Liaison for Elsewhere in Asia Region for NaNoWriMo, and I’m praying very hard that I won’t screw up.
After all, the folks in that region are depending on me for encouragements and I know some believe I’m some sort of a super hero as well. LOL. See the pic below? Well, that’s my special web badge, awarded by the people in Office of Letters and Light. They’re for ML only. 😀 (Okie, I feel like Fairy in Gotham City already… all right!)
I can imagine my old readers rolling their eyes somewhere out there. Yeah… I’m on my mad fairy mode again. Those who don’t know what I’m talking about… well, I’m talking about NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-words) novel by midnight, November 30. (But every year, I have a personal goal of hitting 100,000 words… so yea… I’ll be quite a monster every November each year)
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
So, exactly what do you do for this crazy literary event? Here is what:
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: Everyone who is crazy enough to answer this challenge.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by their web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
Okay, enough crapping, folks. Remember, if you don’t see me around… please don’t mourn for me yet, thank you very much. Oh yea… wish me luck. 😀
Cleffairy: Goes off to stock up on her tea, junkfood and cook some food so that she can conveniently reheat during her little adventure. 😀