NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month. People all around the world spend the month of November trying to write 50,000 words of a novel. Throughout the month there are tears, chocolate, word sprints, and lots of bitching about how hard writing is.
I love it.
My NANOWRIMO profile says that I’ve participated for the last 7 years, but that’s a lie. I had a different account previously. So, I’ve actually participated for the last 11 years.
And I’ve won (wrote 50k words) 3 out of the 11 years. Not great.
The problem is that I come up with a great storyline… for a short story. Nothing ever goes deep enough or has enough plot to last 50,000 words. And then I get frustrated because it’s not like I’m going to publish this anyway. I’m not a fiction writer!
So, this year, to prevent quitting 20k words in, I’ve decided to write something that can last 50k words and something that I’d actually want to find a publisher for.
The result will hopefully be a book of essays about my time working at a failing online lingerie retailer.
I think I can mine 50,000 words from that 1 and a half year period of my life thanks to a psychotic boss, the bizarre lingerie industry, and going to work every day knowing that I could be fired.
At least something good will come out of that dark dark period.
Anyone else doing NANOWRIMO this year?