It is 53 minutes before the official start of NaNoWriMo for me – the National Novel Writing Month – where, across the world, hundreds of thousands of writers challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in under 30 days. And up until 53 minutes before the start of it I wasn’t interested in participating. Now, with no preparation, I am going to do it.
For me this isn’t a difficult challenge due to my writing speed – 1,666 words per day is low on my scale. The difficultly would be making it a final draft in that time – with no preparatory material.
So that is what I am doing – a “Papa Hemingway” realist challenge no less – I am going to write 50,000 words of a fictional story of an Iraqi War Vet – the events will be based on my experiences and my friends’ experiences but nothing is planned out. I’m going to test my ability to write “Iceberg Theory” and my ability to follow Hemingway’s famous axiom: “All good writers are the best liars.”
NaNoWriMo, let us do this.