Off topic: NaNoWriMo

As November gets closer, I\’m still on the fence about participating in this year\’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It\’s the first year that I\’ve even been aware of the event, and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Before I started writing about “serious” stuff, I actually wrote some short horror and fantasy stories that weren\’t half bad. :-)  Anyway, it\’s been on my mind recently, and it\’s an amazingly large project to comprehend. The challenge?

Write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Now, I am definitely out of practice on the fiction front. And I don\’t even know what topic I want to use for sure. However, I do have some ideas that could make for interesting stories. The organizers of the event tell people that writing that fast will virtually guarantee that some of it is horrible, but that\’s okay, as long as it gets out of your head and into the record books as you chase the special NaNoWriMo badge awarded to those who complete the challenge successfully. I’ve already heard from Krista Francis, and she and her son are planning to give it a whirl (so I’m not alone on this crazy train!).

If you\’d like to participate in this free event (and even if you don\’t think you\’ll be successful, it still sounds like a lot of fun), then head on over to the NaNoWriMo site and learn a bit more.

Encouragement? Derision? Give me something people, because a good shove could get me on either side of the fence!

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4 thoughts on “Off topic: NaNoWriMo

    1. Ben Post author

      I don’t think I could get 50,000 words from ‘ole Bob, but zombies would be a cool storyline…

  1. J. T. Breslin


    Go for it! My degree is in newswriting journalism with a minor in business. If a writer can move to HR (somehow I always got stuck with the people problems where ever I worked), an HR grunt can certainly move to the writing field…

    Here is your opening: It was a dark and stormy night — oh wait, wrong contest.


  2. HR Minion

    I say go for it! I had a friend do it (and complete it!) last year and he really felt great afterwards. He’s doing it again this year too. :)

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