Chris and I have been talking for a couple of years about how it would be fun to write a novel. I could do the writing and Chris could help me out with the story. The thought process was that A) comes the worse it would be a cheap way to fill up my free time (hey, one can only spend so much money at Michael’s before trying to find alternative ways to entertain one’s self), and B) there’s the bonus one-in-a-million chance that our novel (like us, uh-hum) would be so funny and clever that it would get published and we’d make million of dollars (“million of dollars” also known as “pocket money” in Santa Barbara).
After all, we’ve read a lot of books that, while wildly entertaining, are not exactly complex writing. Look at Charlaine Harris, Christopher Moore, Stephenie Meyer, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love these authors to pieces, but classic literature it ain’t.
Pre-baby, we actually joted down a few plots. Of course, I never had the follow-through to, say, actually write the novel. Ok, where am I going with this, you wonder? NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month, and there is this popular project called NaNoWriMo where you sign up to write a whole novel (50,000 words) in one month. Here are the basics as explained on the official NanoWriMo website:
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
As you can see, the point is to write. A lot. In a short period of time. Most likely all of it is going to be awful. But the general idea is that you can produce quantity now, and refine the quality later instead of half-starting a book project and never following-through cause you think it isn’t good enough. And who’s the mother of a 4 month old/busy programmer retard who signed up for it? Me.
I know, I know, horrible idea, right? But between breastfeeding, rocking the baby, and other passive baby-related activities, I’ve actually spent a massive amount of time on my iPhone in the past 4 months, whether it be reading books, writing this blog, or wasting time on Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Plants vs Zombies, or Scrabble. If I dedicated all that time to writing instead, I think I actually have a fair chance to accomplish NaNoWriMo without sacrificing time with the family (which I refuse to do of course).
Let it be known that this is also a fair warning you probably won’t be reading much from me in November on this blog. I’ll make a point to still post picture of Gabrielle though!
Wish me luck!
*Note: I still think that saying “I’m writing a novel” sounds pompous as hell, but please note that in fact, pompous is the last thing I’m trying to be.