If your first question on seeing the title of this post is ‘What on earth is she on about now?’ then read this. This link will take you to last year’s explanation, which funnily enough hasn’t changed much over the last year.
If you have read this far, you should at least know NaNoWriMo stands for ‘National Novel Writers Month’ and by signing up for it, participants agree to attempt to write the first draft of a 50000 word book in 30 days.
This is indeed madness, but it is quite possible as I proved last year.
In case you are wondering what happened to last year’s effort, one year later I still have a ‘bunch of words wandering aimlessly around a very large word document’. I haven’t even managed to finish the story; I’ve estimated I’m around 1500 words off the perfect ending I had in my head at the end of last November. I made the fatal mistake of taking a break for a couple of week;’ this turned into a couple of months , and now, a year later, I can’t remember how my story finished.
You may ask, would I recommend NaNoWriMo to aspiring writers? Yes, of course! You really don’t know what’s possible until you sit down and put pen to paper, and designating a month to concentrate on this simple act is a great way of getting into the swing of writing regularly. For me, November is a really busy month but I still managed it.
Incidentally, I’d much prefer it if it was in February instead but I bet others would find that inconvenient. You can’t please all of the people…
So, am I doing NaNoWriMo this year? Well, yes- kind of. I’ve set myself a target to write 2000 words a day, but am going to put the words towards a book I’ve already started.
During the summer, my husband and I dragged the kids around Namibia and South Africa for 3 weeks, and we’ve had so much interest in how this kind of holiday worked for a family of 6, that I’ve decided to write a ‘How to’ guide for anyone considering holidaying in Namibia with their family. I’m hoping it’ll also appeal as an entertaining tale for those who prefer to simply read about travelling, as well as prove the point to parents of less than perfectly well-behaved children that adventure travel with kids may actually not be that good an idea after all!
To do NaNoWriMo ‘properly’ you are supposed to start a brand new book but I want to finish this project before the end of the year, otherwise I will have forgotten everything. So really I’m cheating a bit, but I figure I can live with that.
So who’s with me in 2012?