Here, Now

NaNoWriMo 2004 Participant

I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a go this year — National Novel Writing Month or 50,000 words in thirty days. I tried once before, in 2001, ended up with a tangle of 30,000 uneditable words and the title Beans for Breakfast. (I apparently wasn’t honest enough to admit the failure on the weblog. There’s no post mortem entry.) I also came up with the title for another NaNoWriter’s finished novel, Like, Moses or Something. If nothing else, 2001 was a good year for bad titles.

This time I’m organizing everything on a public wiki. There are pages (for people who can figure out how to navigate a wiki) to comment on the “story” as it progresses, point out errors, and loan me ideas. It ain’t Shakespeare, but at least it’s short.

I have a lot of other things to do this month, so I ought to get busy.

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  1. I’m doing it, too, Jeff. I gave up after 2,000 words in 2001 when I first gave it go. I think I’m braver now, though. Best of luck to you!

  2. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your literary efforts. This is my first time. I’m so choked, I have cleaned out all my closets. I hope this paralysis soon dissipates.
    I don’t know what a wiki is. I’m hoping my old blog on blogspot will be able to hold all the words…
    Good luck, writer.

  3. Okay, I see what a wiki is now. I loved the part in “The Party” when, after Tim’s arrival, you describe in your own personal style, how he looks, his actions, how he’s spent his evening earlier, what he’s now thinking.

    You create an easy flow in your extrapolation, seamless, natural.

    This is going to be so cool…

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