Wednesday, October 22, 2008

National Novel Writing Month

November is fast approaching and it is that time of year again to consider National Novel Writing Month - the international event where people attempt the mad dash of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Last year I tried to write a book based on my journey as I travelled around New Zealand and failed. This year I have no plot and no inclination to sign up. I have loads of ideas for novels I want to write, but I want to give them time to write them properly, not in a whirlwind of purple prose that exists only to boost my word count. What I love about NaNoWriMo is the way it has helped loosen up my writing in previous years and taught me to have fun with writing again. Perhaps that is why I should participate again this year. However, I feel I should be writing for profit rather than purely for fun and I don't know if I should give the time to NaNo. Maybe that would make more sense if I was actually writing anything at the moment.

4 comments:

Valpot said...

I think you are right - don't do Nano just for the sake of it. You are a published author now, on the way to being a full time professional one.

If Nano kicks start you into writing again, sign up, but I agree - you should be writing for profit, at the pace the story deserves. So if by signing up you have an urge to write, however badly, just to get your word count up (& beat the competion), then don't!!!

Valpot said...

Nice new photo!!

Inkpot said...

I don't know what to do about Nano Valpot. We must talk about it at the weekend. One part of me doesn't want to do it but then again I am interested in writing the Kyle/Tremere love story in a very fun way (if you will allow it)

Thanks for the comment on the photo.

Valpot said...

Of course! Be my guest!!! :)