It’s that time of year again. October. For many the month of pumpkin spiced lattes, scary movies, and a rush to find out what you’re wearing at this years Halloween party. For me, it’s the countdown to November, to Nanowrimo. To he one month of the year where nothing matters but hitting those 50,000 words! Which historically includes writing a masters thesis. Though in fairness I did finish that and write 50,000 words in 2011. Which just goes to prove that it is possible to have a life and write a ton of words, as long as the month is November.
What’s it all about?
If you’ve never heard of Nanowrimo before, let me explain it to you. It’s a worldwide phenomenon that’s been going on for years. Each November, thousands upon thousands of writers all over the world join the mad rush to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The normal way is to start a new novel on November 1st, but if you’re feeling rebellious, you can continue on an existing novel, or even use the month to completely rewrite an old novel that’s been siting around waiting for you to do just that for years.
That’s what I did last year, when I finally managed to actually finish editing TAO. Since that book needed a complete rewrite anyway, I chose November to do it. I’ve been participating in Nanowrimo every year since 2010, and I’ve won every year as well. So it seemed the smart move in order to actually finish the rewrite. Because failing is not an option when it’s November. The other eleven months out of the year failing is sadly more acceptable, but I’m working on that.
How do you win? Well, you validate your novel at the end of the month, and if their word-counter counts 50,000 words, congratulations, you’re a winner. It’s on the honor system, so you can of course cheat and copy paste the same one thousand words fifty times. But why would you want to do that?
You can learn more about Nanowrimo here, and if you sign up and want a writing buddy, look me up. I go by Cicilie, as it is my real name, and I have no intentions of changing my profile now, as that would mean losing all the awesome stats from my previous years.
The 2017 Nanowrimo novel
This year, I’m joining the rebels again. Instead of starting a new novel, I’ll be continuing my 2015 novel, Remnants. I need to get it finished, and this is the best way to do just that. I have to admit, a part of me wanted to rewrite Echoes instead. The first novel in my fantasy series, that I’ve been putting off editing (read. rewriting, cause it needs it) for years. The thing is, there is still so much worldbuilding I need to finish for that, I simply don’t have time to get it all done by November. So it’ll have to wait another year.
I also toyed with the idea of starting a brand new novel. Except, I really can’t allow myself to start on yet another massive project, so it’ll have to stay in my head for a while longer. Cause let’s be honest, three major projects, as well as a side-project consisting mostly of short stories, is probably more than enough for now.
Remnants is the story of Tryg Morgan, an archivist who suffers some unexpected side-effects after having downloaded encrypted information from a severed head. Joined by a walking weapon of mass destruction, they steal a spaceship, kidnapping their mechanic in the process, and set out to find answers.