NaNoWriMo starts today! (Don’t call me. I’m busy.)

NaNoWriMo 2011 participant badgeNational Novel Writing Month isn’t so much about crafting a beautiful piece of work as chucking words on the page. I enjoy the experience and am hoping to produce something a little more coherent and less verbose than I did last year.

Between today and the 30th, I’ll write at least 50,000 words arranged in a roughly story-like fashion. That’s 1,667 words per day. I might write a little less during the week and a little more at the weekend… When I know where I’m going with a story, 1,600 words take a little over an hour and a half to write. The problem with NaNoWriMo is that I don’t know where I’m going. I’m making it up as I go along.

The end result, I hope, will be something that can be edited down to a novella (so down from 50,000 words to about 45,000), the sequel to last year’s effort. The characters were fun and I want to play with them some more.

At some point, the heavily edited novellas may make them on to this site. But they probably won’t. I think they’ll sit on my hard disk, unread but loved rather more than they merit.

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