the NaNo Express

or NaNoWriMo as it is called by people with time to spare or National Novel Writing Month by people who are willing to go the whole hog. The Express starts November 1 and careens at top speed to November 30 – it’s goal to get writers to pump out 50,000 words in those 30 days.

First off this is no longer National but International – damn Americans aren’t willing to admit the scale of things – hardly surprising when weather reports from, say Detroit, have the weather ending at the border.redsign

I jumped on board last year for the first time having heard about it in the last week of October at a writing workshop. I thought ‘I could do this.’ Luckily I came up with a very simple concept that kept presenting me with new plot, character and action every day and left me with enough material that demanded I finish it this year.

Over the past week I’ve gone over that first draft in detail. I did pull parts of it out for the writer’s workshop at Loyalist this past summer where the feed back was overwhelmingly positive.

product placement?
product placement?

How my premise bloomed was to by making a list of twenty-five possible things or circumstances in which my character could be impacted or impact others. I started with one of them and it lead to more and more. I think I only used about 4 or 5 of the possibilities on my list and some them when I needed to keep things going.

I pounded out about 60,000 words by the end of November 2010 – the world at my tingling fingertips. I knew as I was writing that I wasn’t going to keeping everything once I started to edit – I even had a few half-scenes that I realized weren’t pushing the story but I did keep them for the word count – after all I did write them in the time frame.

dead end table
dead end table

As I did last year I’ll be posting my daily 2011 and cumulative word count on Facebook.

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