Posted at 2:52 PM on November 25, 2008
by Julia Schrenkler
MPR's Euan Kerr explains the basics and introduces us to some writers taking aim at writing a novel within a month:
"For thousands of Minnesotans, this week is crunch week. It's not just because it's Thanksgiving. It's because they have to finish a novel by midnight Saturday.Kerr points out how the writers work and support each other. Writer and interviewee Theresa Alberti shared a provocative suggestion with Roslind Nelson:
They call it Nanowrimo, short for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write 50,000 words between November 1, and November 30. The Twin Cities is known as a Nano hotbed."
"Maybe you should try doing some violence on a character you don't care about," says Alberti. "You know pick somebody, just write in a minor character and just practice."Wonder how many writers try just that! I hope we'll find out if practice made the writing perfect and whether or not these folks made their deadline.
* MPR Archives: 30 days to write your novel (October 31, 2005)
* Independent writer support group on Gather.com: gatherwrimo.gather.com
* Read and comment on one participant's experience: I Won NaNoWriMo!