Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's the time of the year

It’s that time of the year again.

It’s the time of the year again when thousands of writers around the world write novels like crazy for 30 days, max. It’s time of the year when thousands of them lose sleep, numb their fingers typing their novels, and get overdosed on caffeine. It's the time of the year when writers around the globe go through the same pain and joy producing a novel. It's a temporary respite from most social activities as more time gets devoted to writing the novel.

Oh, yes, it’s NaNoWriMo time once again!

Beginning October of the current year (sometimes earlier, for most), enthusiasts rush in to do all the necessary preparation to complete their novels. They do research, for it is an important tool in completeing a novel. A fact that most writers neglect. At this time, outlines are drawn, casting is done, characters are created, scenes are acted, and chapters are drafted. Registration to join NaNoWriMo also starts in October, when participants can start updating their profiles and joining forums.

Then the frenzy begins at 12:01 am on November 1, with authors scrambling to begin writing their novels. In all of November, the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel (or 175 pages), to be finished by midnight of November 30. Once done with the 50k, one becomes a winner, and given a certificate and web icon. But more importantly, by the end of NaNoWriMo, a winner becomes a novelist.

In 2006, more than 79,000 participants joined in. Almost 13,000 made it to the Honor Roll of winners and walked away as novelists. Let’s see what this year has got to offer.

I’m joining this year’s NaNoWriMo, with hopes of getting that elusive web icon winner; and with much preparation than last year, more prayers that my dayjob will allow me more time, and less stress working on this year’s GS. (*wink*)

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