Andrew Oldham is taking part in the National Novel Writing Month with his SF book, The Reformation, concerning the solution to an over populated world.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2007, National Novel Writing Month had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
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You’re a brave man, Mr Oldham. How many words have you written so far? How about posting an update at the end of every week?
Thanks for the comment, Andrew will post up once a week to the blog side of the site and will keep everyone up to date with his writing. The site is still new and all the admin team are not on board yet, so we aplogise for any delays. The good thing about this type of site is that we can all log in from different places. It’s just supplying everyone with passwords. Andrew now has one and will be posting up in the next few days rather than us posting up for him!