11/02/2005: "Day 1 - 462 Words."
So, yesterday was November 1st, the official start of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which I signed up for. From their website:
"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing....The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30....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."
My story is about what happens in the lives of various characters the day after the world isn't destroyed by an asteroid as expected. It's kind of like that scene in the movie "Almost Famous" when they think their plane is crashing so they all start confessing their deepest darkest secrets but then the plane doesn't crash and it's like...AKWARD!
The NaNoWriMo website is fun, you have a profile where you can post an excerpt from your novel and track your overall word count on a graph. Plus you can see who else is participating from your area. I'm not going to quit painting this month, I have some obligations to finish, but I'm going to write at least 1 or 2 hours every night and much more on the weekends.
Wish me luck...btw, my author name in NaNoWriMo is mini-e if there are other participants out there who want to look me up.