Tasting the Acorn


November 01, 2010

It’s November 1st and officially the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and this year I’m taking part.

The point of NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write a 50,000 word “novel” in November. That’s nearly 1,700 words a day! It doesn’t matter what you write, and it doesn’t matter if the result is “good”. The theory is not only that you may end up writing something that can then be edited / finished into a publishable book, but also that creative writing is something worth doing regardless of the quality of the output. The latter is something I’ve always believed, and have recently started taking more seriously by writing whenever I find myself with time to kill.

I delete most of what I write because I do it as a therapeutic exercise; my focus is on the activity not the result, and that serves me well. My plan for NaNoWriMo, in so far as I have a plan, is to write with the same attitude, but I intend to publish the result in some form, however it turns out.

I have a few ideas for story lines, characters and events I want to incorporate, but nothing particularly well developed. Other than short blog posts I’ve never attempted to write something creative and coherent, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

This is gonna be fun!

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