NoNoWriMo 2011 Kickoff

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. I tried it back in 2003 but only got to 12,000 words. That piece had was called Red Eye Reduction. At that point in my life I had been unemployed and finally started getting job interviews (and eventually a job) so other things too priority.

This year life isn’t quite as crazy (still working on getting over the post-breakup angst from when my boyfriend of four years and I broke up back in June) and I’m doing NaNoWriMo with a couple of coworkers. Doing this with someone else will be great for encouragement and keeping me on track. It’s like having buddies to go to the gym with.

Last time I wrote my own software to track how I did and posted everything publicly on my blog. This time around I plan to keep things in Word docs because it’s easier. Also having everything on a blog makes it difficult to go back and re-write things from earlier, etc. etc.

That doesn’t mean that technology won’t play a big part in my writing. I’m currently trying to figure out how I want to utilize stuff like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Evernote, and old fashioned stuff like thumb drives (I have a Star Wars one with Star Killer on it!) and my old Moleskine notebook from my friend Molly. Somehow I’m sure it will all come together — I’ll try to post updates on what works best, etc.

To get prepared over the weekend I bought a set of Star Wars Legos at the store and built the Slave I (Boba Fett’s ship) Lego set. I figured it would get some creative juices flowing (along with some frustration juices because I’m almost positive one of the pieces was missing). I also watched the movies Halloween (the original) and Scream 2 and Scream 3. Not sure how much those movies will influence me, but you never know.

Tonight I plan to re-read some of the previous stuff I’ve written and go over notes I’ve written down in various philosophy/theory books I’ve read. I know I always feel very inspired and creative when reading stuff by Slavoj Žižek, so I’ll surely be flipping through Looking Awry and others.

I also have a couple ideas for creativity/inspiration exercises that I may be posting here. I’d love comments as it keeps me encouraged and gives me even new ideas to play off of.

Wish me luck and here we go…!

One thought on “NoNoWriMo 2011 Kickoff”

  1. This is such an exciting and inspiring project, Jason! Please keep us posted on you progress and let me know when/if you need a pep rally. I’m rooting for you!

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