Remember, remember, (the fifth of) November …

You might be wondering why I decided to throw in a V for Vendetta quote. It was simply the fact that mentioned November, so I went with it.

Now for why you’re here!

I’ve recently signed up on NaNoWriMo with the intention of entering this November. If you want to check out my profile over there, I’m going to be writing under “James Darrow” over there. Shocking, am I right?

For those that aren’t aware, NaNoWriMo – or “National Novel Writing Month” – is both an event and a non-profit organization (under the name “The Office of Letters and Light”).

As a non-profit, NaNoWriMo helps bring creative writing software, supplies, writing ideas and lesson plans to classrooms from kindergarten through high-school. If you want to help, you can make a tax-deductible donation or buy items such as T-shirts, mugs, ect.

As an event, run by the same non-profit, it is the equivalent of a literary marathon. From the crack of dawn on November 1st till midnight on the 30th, participants are tasked with writing a 50,000 (or more) word novel. The average to beat the requirement is 1,667 words-per-day.

What is the prize for crossing the finish line? A printable certificate of completion, some badges you can put on your blog/site/ect, a coupon for 50% off a copy of Scrivener (already own it), and another coupon for five free prints of your story on the CreateSpace platform.

Plus, you know, the satisfaction that you’ve basically written a whole damn novel inside of thirty days.

I’ve already got a story in mind that I am mentally piecing together. It’s got a working title of “Under A Falling Sky”, and will be a SciFi Fantasy mix. By “Scifi Fantasy”, I do actually mean “Guns and jets mixed with magic and spells”. ‘Tis a rare genre, but one that I love.

I won’t be penning a single word of this story till November, so it’s driving me mad as it is. It does, however, give me more time to work on Crimson Sands, which is advancing at a solid pace.

I’ll keep ya’ll advised as to what’s going on as they come up, but for now, it’s gonna be a hectic and chaotic period.

2 thoughts on “Remember, remember, (the fifth of) November …

  1. NaNo is a fun time. This November will be my third so far. Always happy to help another person drink the kool-aid (so to speak). I’m actually in the middle of CampNaNo (for those who want to push themselves in months other than november. I’m about 12k into a story I started last wednesday.

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    • I admit, I haven’t actively looked into some of the other programs. That said, everything about the group seems to be one masochistic exercise after another.

      And I’m really looking forward to it.

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