Monday, September 08, 2008

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50k words novel during November.
I don't think you have to be American to participate, I am guessing that the "National" part is just a leftover from the olden days when nations mattered.

If I am to do it, I think an interesting strategy might be just to deliberatly write crap, anything at all. It'll blast through all the internal-editor blockages, and I suspect a lot of ideas and qualities will seep in anyway.

L. Ron Hubbard, who was a high-volume pulp fiction writer, told a story about a lecture he had give at a university, where he said that "when you've written about 200,000 words, you'll know if you have a style". He felt he was being very conservative about that, but it seems he terrified these academia students, because they each tended to write something 5,000 words a month!

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, September 08, 2008   6 comments links to this post

6 Comments:

At 8 Sep 2008, 17:38:00, Anonymous ttl said...

NaNoWriMo I'm sure is great fun. If only I could dedicate my November to that (sigh).

 
At 8 Sep 2008, 17:43:00, Anonymous Justin Case said...

"L. Ron Hubbard, who was a high-volume pulp fiction writer, told a story about a lecture he had give at a university, where he said that "when you've written about 200,000 words, you'll know if you have a style". He felt he was being very conservative about that, but it seems he terrified these academia students, because they each tended to write something 5,000 words a month!"

As Tom says in this video, to LRH!

 
At 9 Sep 2008, 02:52:00, Blogger BlankPhotog said...

I've done it a couple times, finished twice out of three. It's a good time if you have a solid idea or three. :)

 
At 9 Sep 2008, 13:10:00, Blogger eolake said...

Kewl.
Was the work good for any use?

 
At 10 Sep 2008, 13:28:00, Anonymous ttl said...

Hey Blank, just upload the text to lulu.com and let Eolake purchase the book. Best way to answer the question in my opinion. :-)

 
At 11 Sep 2008, 22:21:00, Blogger BlankPhotog said...

The answer can be summarized in my lack of willingness to edit it or show it to anyone. ;) I do think about it from time to time... the first one, anyway. I may revisit it one fine summer day.

 

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