Well, it is almost that time of year again, where insanity overtakes reason and the foolhardy attempt yet another NaNoWriMo challenge.
For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a global non-profit initiative to get the world’s aspiring authors to actually do what they have always threatened to do – write their novel. Run every November for 30 days of writing abandon, the goal of the challenge is to write 50,000 words of an original novel during the month. I successfully completed my 2011 attempt (my first win) along with a writing buddy and it was a very challenging yet exciting thing to do.
For the second year running, the same team, The Office of Letters and Light, are running a June and August version called Camp NaNoWriMo – a pared down, rustic, out-of-season romp with fellow campers with the same challenging word target of 50,000.
I am using the same approach in preparation for the June Camp NaNoWriMo as I did for November 2011 – Alan Watt’s 90 Day Novel – an incredible tool to structure the architecture of your novel (notice I did not say plot). Yet time is ticking and I am nowhere close to knowing what my story is really about. Let’s hope my sub-conscious does!
If you are keen to join me in the June challenge, then mosey on down to www.nanowrimo.org for more information. See you at camp!