Saturday 12 April 2014

50,000 words

What a glorious, lazy Saturday I'm having! I had the house to myself all morning and just revelled in the solitude. No TV, no music, just my dog, my coffee and the computer as company. Bliss!
You know what I learned this morning? I learned of the existence of NaNoWriMo. It is huge and I can't believe I didn't know of its existence, but just in case you are as oblivious as I am, let me explain what I have found out so far:
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month (which is every November). The idea is simple, drastic, crazy and awesome: you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. No biggie, right?

Haha I know, wtf. Chris Baty, who "accidentally" founded the phenomenon in 1999, is convinced that would-be novelists don't necessarily need wisdom, endless time or perfectly thought-out plot lines, but only one thing: a deadline.

I have to say, I am majorly intrigued. I signed up right away, and fully intend to participate in November.
I had to write it down, so you all can hold me accountable when the time comes! As far as I have gathered, if you really manage to write 50,000 words and submit them to their website you will be a declared a winner. 

It is crazy. I have never written anything except this blog. I only have the vaguest idea what my novel would be about. (Hey, I like the sound of that: "my novel".)
That's the beauty of it though: it doesn't have to be good. The idea behind it is to be able to sit down and not only start a book (which is something many people have done), but to finish it as well.
I love the challenge of it. If everything goes according to plan I will be finished on November 30, which is just 6 days before my 35th birthday!

I can't not include pictures, so here are my 365 project photos from April. Can you tell that I'm a spring fan? ;-)

Who will join me in 6 months for NaNoWriMo?

Future author Miriam

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  1. What a cool idea!! And while I'd love to say "Hell yea I'll join!!!" I'm going to be realistic and instead say that I will happily cheer you on from the sidelines! Also, Declan loves your peacock.

  2. Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

  3. That is so ambitious! Go you!

  4. Your April pictures are gorgeous, as usual!! Can't wait to see what you come up with! I think author Miriam has quite the ring to it :)

  5. Awesome!! I am really excited to hear how it goes. And I'll buy the novel for sure!

    Loving the April photos!


  6. oh, cool! that's so exciting. i'd love to join you!

  7. That's funny you've never heard of it before! I've heard it's pretty crazy, but I'm sure you can do it :) Keep up posted!

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