I first blogged for ficly just over a year ago, after sending THX a note suggesting that we have a blog about the upcoming writing challenge that would be consuming my November. He replied, agreeing that there should be a blog, and asked me if I would write it. Gladly, I accepted. Basically, I took it upon myself to be the herald of the apocalypse that is the National Novel Writing Month challenge.
Elsha briefly mentioned “Nano” in the last blog post, and for most of you avid Ficlers out there, I’m sure that’s enough to reignite the sparkplugs in your brain that make you write obscenely large numbers of words each day. But I have noticed the small army of new blood that’s entered our brain trusts over the last year, and it’s for you that I write this blog post, to tell you what it’s all about.Right, NaNoWriMo. It is a pretty big challenge for you to try your hand at. Starting on the 1st of November, and ending on the 30th, you will have to write a 50,000 word novella. 30 days, 50000 words, that’s about 1700 words each day. Make sure you have a good story, because while I am yet to achieve this distinctive honour myself, I am led to believe that any pioneer of awesomeness will receive a bound copy of your book, just as it will appear when you get it published for the world to see, should you decide the world needs to see it.
I think that’s just about it. Feel free to post your NaNo URLs for buddying down below. Anyone who wants to take a look at what I said the last time can find the original post at http://ficly.com/blog/nanowrimo, and be sure to check out THX’s footnote regarding online publishing. We’ll have a summary post at the end of November where everyone can post links if they’ve published their works online, or can simply comment on their own NaNo experience, and how they found the challenge. The nanowrimo website is at http://www.nanowrimo.org, where you’ll find information, sign up, the countdown clock for the kick-off, links to facebook and twitter pages, and much more.
And so, I shall leave you with a few parting words. Enjoy yourself, because what is the point of arduous commitments to writing if you can’t have fun with it. Also, don’t forget to be awesome. And lastly, when you all become famous writers, I expect signed copies of each of your books.