November Novelties


Yesterday I wrote about how growing a moustache is something you can do to help you get through the atrocious month that is November.

But if moustache-growing is not your thing then another November hobby you could try is novel-writing.

For November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known.

It really should be known as InNoWriMo, because it’s very clearly an international affair these days, but it started in one country, presumably, and the name ‘NaNoWriMo’ had already caught on before anyone realised that the whole world was playing.

Basically, the goal is to write an entire novel in a month. That’s a minimum of 50,000 words apparently and the goal is very definitely quantity over quality. The idea is to throw off your writing shackles, ignore your overly picky internal editor and just get on with it.

Unlike Movember, which leaves me a little cold, the idea of NaNoWriMo is totally the kind of thing I would do.

But I won’t be doing it this year.

Because failure is not something I enjoy and the two times I’ve tried NaNoWriMo I’ve utterly failed to stick with it beyond a few days.

And this year I’m struggling to keep up with the general stuff that life is throwing at me, so trying to write a novel, even a bad novel, in 30 days seems a little bit beyond me.

But everyone else should totally do it.

Even if those people who’ve misguidedly decided to also grow a moustache.

Because growing a moustache and writing a novel are not mutually exclusive.

Imagine how good it would feel to have written an entire novel and grown a moustache by the end of this month.

  9 comments for “November Novelties

  1. November 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hey James why not just jot down ideas for your novel. If foir example you put a few ideas down a day, then if they look good, start your novel. If not so good see where you went wrong. Good luck in whatever you do.

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    • November 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      I do try just that every year but it never really goes anywhere. One day maybe…


  2. November 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I wonder if any novels have been published (not self-published) which were drafted in NaNoWriMo…

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    • November 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      There is. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and they made it into a movie too. It’s one of my inspirations as I participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo. 😊

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  3. November 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    This is another enterprise I shall be joining in with you. We really must stop not doing things together!

    I thought I would start another international “thing” for December. Ideas so far are few, but I’m leaning towards “Don’t do digital downloads December”. This could be followed by “Jolly jelly jumping January”.

    Care to not join me?

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    • November 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I can confirm I will not join you for any of those things – thanks for including me

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