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Saturday, 29 October 2005

Let's write a novel!

dscf4412-scaled-rotated.jpgSpent today walking around Edinburgh. Check out the photos!

I want to say, "It's finally the weekend again," but of course there isn't much difference between weekdays and weekends for me at the moment, so I'll say instead, "It's finally one day closer to payday again". As mercenary as that might sound, it is really what I'm waiting for -- payday means we're back on track, closer to the world-wise travelling lifestyle I yearn for (well, once the debts are paid off!!). Get there eventually, I guess.

In the meantime, I'm writing! I've signed up for NaNoWriMo -- the National Novel Writing Month -- which means I'll be writing (or attempting to write) a 50,000 word novel throughout November. I still don't know what I'll be writing about, not even the type or genre of the book, but it's something that I really want to do.

It's been running for a couple of years now, as I understand it. There's no real prize, just the satisfaction, and it's completely focused on quantity rather than quality -- I can just write 50,000 words of complete bollocks and I'll still get the little GIF or PNG "I completed NaNoWriMo '05" badge. But people from all over the world do it, and some even get published down the track so I live in eternal hope. (There is a matched NaNoEdMo -- editing your novel -- early next year.)

Anyway, I've got until just after midnight on the morning of the 1st to come up with a plot. And characters. And a title, I guess. Oh, I'm in way over my head!!


  1. i thought about entering that one.. but i'm not sure it's the best thing for me this year.. *smile* instead i might spend my november getting fit and learning how to meditate (or something) - depending on what courses/help i can find.

    what genre do you want to write in? i think a light-hearted look at life a'la the bandwagon stories would be cool.. heheh..

  2. That could be fun, and funny, but I'm not sure I have enough steam to write a whole book that way. I'll probably write something pseudo-science fiction, since that seems to be what I've read most of. Either way I definitely want to have some sense of humour in there.

    I'll let you know how it goes.

  3. how about an epic tale of two brothers, each a master of conflicting martial arts, battling each other for ultimate domination...or something? :)

  4. Yeah! And of course the younger, better looking brother would ultimately prevail, and get all the money and ladies.

  5. Hmmm, that might work, but I'm leaning more towards the older, wiser and shinier brother defeating his young and arguably handsome foe. Despite the fact that the youngling has an enchanted Japanese sword, whilst the chrome-headed sagacious brother is armed with nothing more than a wilting stick of celery and his wits, oh his stellar wits. And in the end, the victor chooses to spare the life of his defeated brother and instead sends him into exile in a jungle, where he befriends a wild boar and some kind of muskrat creature ...

  6. Oh, sorry, I thought you were writing a historical non-fiction piece



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