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NaNoWriMo Day 1: The Search For an Idea

NaNoWriMo LogoSo, today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), and I have decided to sign up… A decision reached two days ago, with no pre-planning or idea of what to write about. Yes, I know I’m crazy, but if I can pull it off, the feeling of satisfaction will be Amazing! I plan to do most of my writing on my Mac and my iPad, and I’m looking into the “Snowflake Method” to see if it will help me. I will be posting about my progress both here and on my Twitter feed, so if feel free to follow along if you are interested, or send any words of encouragement my way.

Today’s word count: 0.

For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is all about, here’s what the Wikipedia page has to say:

National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo /ˌnænoʊˈraɪmoʊ/) is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and November 30. Its sister event is a script-writing challenge taking place in April called Script Frenzy.

The project started in July 1999 with just 21 participants, but by the 2010 event over 200,000 people took part – writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.[1]

Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers with one another for holding writing events and to provide encouragement.

And no, I don’t currently plan to sign up for Script Frenzy, but then again, I didn’t plan to sign up for NaNoWriMo either.

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