NaNoWriMo 2007 – Day 1 November 1, 2007Posted by caveblogem in literature, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Other, writing.
NaNoWriMo starts today, and I only got four hours of sleep last night (too tired to get up to turn the heater down, too warm and itchy to sleep, plus too much work crap to think about). But this morning I find in my inbox a pep talk from Tom Robbins.
Tom Robbins is one of those people who made me want to write, way back when. I think I was a Junior in high school when I read Still Life With Woodpecker. There was a time when I could quote the first chapter of the book, or the forward or whatever, verbatim. Just having Tom urge me and the other 89,999 participants on inspired me. Thanks, Tom–love your stuff.
So, despite being tired and preoccupied, I’m doing this nano thing once again.
It’s going to be a little different this time, my approach. (do you like how wordy that sentence is, compared to how short it would be with active voice?) Last year I posted the whole novel as I wrote it, finishing on the last day of November with the denouement. So, completely linear. If I hadn’t written it in a linear fashion like that, anyone reading it, day to day, would have been confused (more confused than necessary, I mean). This year I’m trying to write a better novel, so I’m not going to be so linear. I’m going to give myself the freedom to go back to chapter whatever and add some more, whenever I want, or start with chapter 15, if necessary.
So I won’t be posting the whole thing. Maybe some excerpts, if I think people might be interested. Good luck to all the others bookmarked here who are participating, MoonTopples, strugglingwriter, Kaitlyn Gallagher, WritingGB, and the ones I forgot to list. Let’s do this thing.