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Old June 29, 2010, 04:43   #1
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NaNoWriMo in July

I will be gone from the *banding world from Wednesday until the middle of August. Most of the reason for my absence is that I will be writing a novel in July.

Has anyone else heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? A guy named Chris Baty whote a book called "No Plot, No Problem" with the idea of writing a novel in one month as a writing excersize. The point is not to write something that's good and publishable (although it's a good way of generating ideas which can be re-written into something good). It's more to get yourself past things like writer's block and procrastination. To succeed the goal of writing a 50000 word novel in a month, we have to prevent ourselves from thinking too much about the story and write whatever comes into our heads whether or not it's any good. It can be a lot of fun (for people like me anyway..)

The official group with Chris Baty and the NaNoWriMo website do it in November, but I do it with a group of people led by a friend of mine in July. This is the sixth year that the group I've been doing it with has done it, and the fifth year that I am attempting it. I've succeeded with the goal twice before, and I've been re-writing last year's novel hoping to get it published sometime.

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