So it's November again which means it's National Novel Writer's Month ( Are any of you participating this year? If you are is there a link?

I think that one of the best things about NaNo isn't the writing itself (though that is very fun as well since it kind of makes it easier to let loose those harsh interior standards that are always whispering in my ear), but the weekly pep talks. Some times it's just folks affiliated with NaNoWriMo, but sometimes they bring in known authors as well, such as Neil Gaiman last year. I think that Philip Pullman will be writing a pep talk this year, but the site is being extremely slow making it difficult to double check.

Anyway, I frequently read Neil Gaiman's pep talk when I'm depressed about my own writing so I thought I'd share.


I'm doing NaNo again this year, MLing for my region. I'm thankful I managed to get the November episode of Baubles done before NaNo, so I can focus my thoughts. I don't have a link or anything, since I'm just doing this to destress and not to make anything tolerable. And yep, Philip Pullman's doing a talk this year. ^^

I really would love to do it. Some of the other Tulane Review staff are doing it, but I simply don't have the time. Damn 24-hour fascists.

I mean days... they should be longer.

Yeah, I want to try it out. I have a month's worth of IAR updates (starting this friday) so I can focus my energy on something NaNo.

I decided not to do it this year. I sort of angsted about it at my blog and was helped out by a reader. I won four years in a row so I figure I know I can do it, and for now I can focus on other projects. I'm still signed up for the site, though, so I'll get the pep talks!

*dashes about frantically* Is it too late to start!?

Gah! When did it become the third of November!?

I've suddenly been bitten by the writing bug, my muse is in full swing and think I could do something for NaNo...

Sadly, most of my writing this month will be of the academic sort. Maybe next year.

I just decided to participate yesterday. I'm behind, and thus far have only managed some 300 words, so I'm not sure if I can make it--even if I regurgitated complete nonsense into my story (which I'd never be able to bring myself to do anyway) I'm really not sure.

Aw, but NaNo's all about writing nonsensical stuff. I like to think that it's more about getting into the daily flow of writing, and learning tricks for getting inspiration flowing than about writing a functional manuscript. Not that some people can't, just that I know most people don't.

I'm trying to avoid too much nonsense and drivel, because if I give in to spewing out colorful absurdities, I'll spin a nauseating tale so idiotic, so abstract, and so INSULTING, you wouldn't know what to do after reading it. It'd be about sex-time disasters and dieting hazards--complete with gods hanging from cardboard clouds, flying donkeys drunk off cake, and lots and LOTS of bestiality. Rational characterizations and believable physics would be as defiant as Jabba the Hutt is to good looks. Amid all the headache inducing inanities I'd superimpose myself as a character long enough to scream, "WHAT THE [email protected]%#!?"

Then credits would roll.

(Only not really. I'd make a bunch of fakes names and tell the readers to read 'em all as they slowly scroll down the page--it'd fill my 50,000 words anyway)

Yeah. That's about how it'd go. @[email protected]

Sounds like something I'd read.

Same here. ;)

Me three!

That sounds like a ball to read, tbh. ;)

Ha, ha. Next year then! ^_~

I wish I had time! My biggest problem is that I am working on multiple projects, and while NaNo is interesting to me -- okay I joke about pulling up the drawbridge because I live in a couple writers' groups-- but really I cannot be part of it.

I could pretend I suppose. Twitter is certainly aflutter with everyone posting numbers. Cheers to anyone who is attending the WriMo.