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NaNoWriMo 2009 19 October 2009

Posted by The Inimitable M in NaNoWriMo 2009.
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NaNoWriMo 2009

NaNoWriMo 2009

We are just about two weeks out from National Novel Writing Month 2009.  This is the first year I’ll be participating.

For most writers, I think the philosophy behind NaNoWriMo is a good driving force. It’s not a competition with others so much as it is to be able to say at the end, “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” No big prizes are awarded to one single winner – no promised book contracts – nothing like that. It’s partially a personal thing, and partially an accomplishment that others can watch you achieve. It’s a lot like the whole climbing the rock wall to ring the bell exercise.

This is a good experience for me in two ways. One is that it gives me the discipline I will need to actually move forward and write that non-fiction book I have to do in the early part of next year. The other is that it gives me a better understanding of my authors. It puts me in their shoes as novelists, which is a place I’ve never been before. It doesn’t hurt at all, as a publisher and an editor, to have that understanding.

I do wonder…can a non-fiction writer/journalist do fiction?  Can an editor do this without going completely insane?  We shall see, eh?

I’m going to try to sticky this, so watch for all updates in the NaNoWriMo 2009 folder.  Come and play along with me!  —————–>



1. simply scott - 19 October 2009

If you haven’t read “No Plot, No Problem”, you should. It’s cute and fun, and it tells you everything you need to do to get ready for the NaNo ride. It’s basically a rush head-first into a contest with yourself, like a first marathon — it’s only about whether or not you can finish.

theinimitablem1 - 19 October 2009

I’m getting there. I have some of the things sorted out, but I think I’ll get the book, anyway, because it just plain sounds like fun. I’ve had a fabulous time reading the bits and bobs on the site, already!

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