This time next week it’ll be Day Two of this year’s National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo or just NaNo) – and I still have a curious ambivalence about it …
Not about the concept of NaNo, nor about the good that comes out of it, but about my journey through it this year. (On the off-chance that you have no clue what the point of NaNo is – participants agree to write a 50,000 word manuscript in the 30 days of November – James Snaith has a nice round up and makes some valid points that are kind of outside of this post.)
The writing challenge is not something new to me.
For several years I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – and I’ve even won a couple of them! (And all of them – even the aborted concepts – had cover art provided by the multi-talented Mr. Snaith, as below.)
Operation: Spring, 2012 Revision
Groom of Priapica, 2010
Groom of Priapica, 2011
Gay to Zed, 2012
Perhelis, April 2013 (Camp NaNo)
Mara and the Kelpie, 2013
This current challenge is a little different. Instead of word-count ejaculated in a set time period (i.e. 50,000 words in 30 days in NaNoWriMo’s case), this is undertaken by a series of assignments. Hence the title: The Assignment Challenge (TAC). Each assignment is set for either a week or – as has been more common – fortnight, and the setter of the assignments alternate as we see fit.
More details are here and here.
Which brings us neatly to my story.