NaNoWriMo: harder to achieve in countries with nice weather

November has been the National Novel Writing Month for years and, by the looks of it, that’s not going to change.

Quantity before quality.

Had I not spent two months in Lisbon some years ago, I probably wouldn’t have ever heard about NaNoWriMo. I happened to be there in November and met a Belgian guy who was going to sign up for it.

But what is NaNoWriMo? It’s a crazy month when participants have to write a 50,000-word novel from scratch. They can’t start before 12:00:01 November 1st and it has to be finished by 23:59:59 November 30th.

There’s no time for checking and correcting; there’s only time for writing — 1,700 words a day if you write at the weekends, 2,300 if you don’t. The aim is to encourage those people who always say they want to write a novel, but never find the time for it. NaNoWriMo is intended to be a way to get a first draft of the text, not the greatest bestseller ever. Writers have eleven months to edit and publish their novel — if they feel like doing it — before the next NaNoWriMo.

That time in Lisbon I thought about participating, but there were better things to do abroad than staying in and writing. Ever since then I wanted to put myself to the test, but 2011 is definitely not my year. I guess my last chance will be November 2012, right before the world ends.


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