Saturday, October 23, 2010

Your Chance to Write a Novel!

Not the usual topic heading you'd expect here.  No blood suckers or kangaroos sitting on the doorstep.  No warnings about pesticide poisoning and two-headed fish.  Though my main passion is the environment, particularly the one I live in, I do also have other passions and writing is one of them. 

I am fortunate to have had three books published, two marketing books put out by Simon & Schuster and long since out of print, and a wildlife manual that I self-published so carers could obtain it for free.  I used to write a column for a business magazine and still write articles, particularly for Powder Room Graffiti as well as this blog.  However I am yet to write a novel.

I fiddle and diddle and have a couple started, but they just don't develop.  There are so many things to be done in life that it simply doesn't happen, and yet, this is something I would very much like to do.  Last year I was introduced to a concept know as NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month.  It takes place in November each year and the challenge is to write 50,000 words over the 30 days of November.

Yes, I admit, when you first read that, it sounds a little crazy - but is it?  You join thousands of others in the attempt and the deadline drives you on.  I don't know about you, but I need deadlines.  Last year a friend of mine did it, and successfully managed the 50,000 words and was thrilled with the result, and so this year I am taking it on.

It's not about quality, it's about quantity.  Put that stuff in your head on paper.  Once it's out, you can then spend the editing time to shape it up, but imagine, in just over a months time, you could be sitting there with 50,000 words written.  The essence of your first novel, (or second, or third...). That's about 175pages.  Are you ever going to manage to do this any other way? 

You potentially have a million questions so here's the link to the explanation of NaNoWrMo, how it works, how you can register, how you protect your work etc.  Please let me know if you are joining in so we can motivate each other as the month progresses. Come on, join me, it will be great!


  1. Hmmm...I've always wanted to write the great American/Australian novel. I'm full of words. If you've read my blog you know I can ramble with the best of them. Unfortunately, getting the ideas onto paper/computer so they resemble a coherent thought or interesting story eludes me. Sounds like fun though! Just might give it a try!

  2. Von I hope that means you'll be joining me? yaya, no need for them to be coherent in this initial draft - just get them on paper. Would be great to do it together.

  3. I love knowing you're a writer, too! The Thomas Keneally book is one of my all time favorites - it was so cool to see that title again.

    I would love to join you, but I'm on my own deadline to have the first draft of my memoir done by the end of December. I've got another 50,000 words to go.

    I hope you'll keep us posted on your progress.

  4. Hey hey Cheryl, thanks for dropping by my blog. I wrote a post about NaNo a few posts ago. I'll head over to NaNo and buddy up.

    I did NaNo last year and just sent off my Synopsis for critique, received feedback and am told I have a great story. So! Enough encouragement to get writing?? Really aim to keep to the daily suggested word limit. Once you get too far behind you can start panicking.

    Here's to successful novel publishing..:)

  5. I'm still undecided. I didn't get on so well with it last year...

    PS if I do, my nano name's WelshWitch

  6. You've tempted me, Cheryl, oh you baaaaaaaaaad lady lol.
    I'll sleep on this but I'm very tempted....:P

  7. I'm a closet author so this is a fascinating topic to me! I have three starts of books (and two more children's) in the drawer next to me...ha! Thinking of writng 50,000 words is hugely daunting, so more power to you...Good Luck!!

  8. Apparently, one must average approximately 1,600 words each day.
    One is seriously considering...

  9. Hi Cheryl,

    That is quite an undertaking! My blog uses up all my energy and English is a second language for moi. I know excuses, excuses! LOL BTW Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoyed your comment. I hope you do get involved in this fascinating challenge! Good luck!


  10. It sounds like a tough assignment to me but then I have never tried it either. Like YaYa I always wanted to write the great Amerian novel. I have also wanted to paint a painting that would achieve lasting life and recognition. But dreams do not come true if you don't make the effort to try. That bit of philosophy may be my only contribution.


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