What You Can Get Away With » 50,000 words is nothing, right?

Those few of you who are long-term readers of this blog may well remember that in 2006 and 2009 I attempted – and completed – National Novel Writing Month (aka Nanowrimo, though I don’t know why a contest that requires you to be prolix needs a shortened version of its name).

I hadn’t really thought about doing it this year because of all the extra things filling up my time now, but seeing the @Nanowrimo twitter feed suddenly light up with activity again has got me thinking that maybe it might be worth trying again – after all, having achieved it twice under more optimal conditions, maybe I need to up the level of the challenge I’m facing by cutting down the effective time available.

Above all, though, what motivates me to consider doing it again is that the previous attempts have been fun. Starting off with a vaguely formed plot idea and then being compelled to follow it wherever it may go without the ability to go back, delete and rewrite is an interesting and sometimes exciting experience, shutting off the voice of my internal editor and just ploughing on towards the target, no matter how much retcon you have to use to make it all make sense.

So, I haven’t completely decided whether or not to do it, but I wanted to flag it up now just in case any of you who happen to read this want to go ahead and try it for yourselves – you’ve got all of 24 days to come up with a plot before it kicks off, which is weeks longer than I’ve had in previous years, so what’s stopping you?

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