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2009's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is running next month. It is basically a competition where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in November. (For reference, 50,000 words is approximately the length of the brilliant Brave New World and the awful Catcher in the Rye).

To be a 'winner' of the competition, all you have to do is reach the 50,000 word target (About 1,666 words per day). Also the definition of what counts as a novel is very loose, for example fan fiction is also accepted.

I basically haven't written any original fiction since High School, and the only novels I can remember reading this year would be the first Dexter book and the novelisation of the Judge Dredd film (Don't ask) so I'm not exactly the most qualified person to enter the competition.

However Kirsty intends to write a story for the competition, and so I have decided to support her by a little wager - We have to pay the other person $1 for every 1,000 words they have written during the competition, up to a maximum of $50.

My number one priority for next month, other then my full time job will still be my mysterious Drupal project, so the odds aren't exactly in my favour. However I'll give it my best shot, I plan to do a story based on a game idea I have. Stay tuned!



Joined: 05/05/2009

Yeah always wanted to give that a go.. But I have a feeling I would try do it in an afternoon, or somesuch. :P

JoshuaSmyth (not verified)

Good luck.

I've no desire to write 50,000 words. But maybe, just maybe I'll try to do a 7500 word short story in order to flesh out some story ideas for a game I would like to make - so it could be a useful exercise in that regard.

Sam (not verified)

Catcher In The Rye? Awful? Pah!

Anyway, I wish you and Kirsty great luck in your endeavors. I tried NaNoWriMo years ago and only managed about 8,000 words but it was a really good exercise that created some interesting ideas I wouldn't have come up with otherwise.

Strangely enough, the novel I'm now working on recently hit the 50,000 word mark... though I've been writing that since January and I reckon I'm about a third of the way through ;)

As I said - good luck and have fun!