I received a NaNoWriMo update today (in German) letting me know that the month of novel writing madness has begun. Twice I have singed up for it, twice I have lasted 2 days. (What can I say, sometimes my enthusiasm over reaches my attention span.) The first time I was in Istanbul and working for the mad family. The second time I signed up here in Germany and well, I think I opened open office and then the telephone rang. This time however I have a goal that does not require too much imagination but a lot of writing. As the novel part is, from my understanding anyway, more an emphasis on length than fiction, I am going to take it upon myself to use the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a book about the past summer in Iceland. Besides, even works of non fiction come from someone who wants to tell a story, people really should know better than to trust as fact anything written down, let alone one where the purpose is to entertain and star the authors as themselves!
Plus this time I have a secret weapon. I let the German I live with (and most of the time love) know my intention. He is always harassing me to write a book (I think my mother got to him and its a double assault) and I mentioned I might go ahead and do a book on demand on Iceland. He keeps asking me how it is going, and now I have told him about NanNoWriMo he will almost certainly be reminding me of my deadline every single day. The fact that he already has written a book will not allow me much to fight back against.
But there is one great thing about NaNoWriMo, and that is the fact that banging out a novel in one month can be insane fun. I find for myself that whenever I write for myself it is pure enjoyment, yet as soon as I do it with the intention of another reading the finished work it becomes agonizing and contrived (which adds to the physical pain of writing when you look at it and just cringe). But how good can something I wrote in a month (while still working and going to university) really be? So the pressure to be good is off! The pressure to write however is on!
Plus the boys (Patrick & his cousin Joscha) are doing one of their weekend business brainstorming getaways where they try out new ideas that fit their criteria for a good business in 2 weeks. That leaves me alone with a laptop and an excuse to push the word count to where I should be at the half way point. I’ve announced it under a blog that has my name, I need to do it this time! I wont even let the fact the server is so busy you cant get on the site stop me, I’ll start writing now and let the sign up happen tomorrow!.
My first NaNoWriMo attempt: this time it will end better than either the first time or the 365 challenge (which I have yet to make past day 100 or the like….) I need to recharge the camera before I can take any from this year. 😛