Wednesday, August 1
GASP! AUGUST 1st
It's August 1st and the first 1,391 words have been uploaded into the thirty day novel writing challenge at Camp NaNoWriMo.
Thirty days of writing 'your novel.' Or as a blogger friend said, 'your crappy first draft.' Yes, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a way to get your butt in the chair and get words from your brain onto the screen.
Most of us spend time mulling over wisps of ephemeral--something that may, sort of, someday, somehow look like it might be a character or dialogue or plot or grand idea that may become a novel. But, life goes on and we continue to daydream or perhaps half get started, jotting notes on a journal page.
This process doesn't produce the next great American novel. It produces the fact that one can discipline oneself to generate enough words, thoughts and ideas to accumulate the goal of 50,000 words in a month. This word count is not enough to actually be a novel, but it gives one a good shove in the right direction.
Camp NaNoWriMo occurs in June and August. I see it as a practice for the real NaNoWriMo that starts November 1st of each year. After taking a workshop this summer on NaNoWriMo , I'm intrigued enough to give it a go. August is usually quiet around here and it's a perfect rationalization to stay in the air conditioning. Although, I may need to do some research down at the coast to capture some color for the novel.