National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2017 is just over a week away now and I’m starting to prepare myself for this annual immersion in writing and wordcount that has become my way of life for November over the past eleven years. I confess that last year – whilst I was very happy with what I wrote – I did only manage 30,000 words rather than the expected minimum of 50,000. It was a very busy month. Still, I expect this year to add at least another 30k to that and bring my work on ‘Once Upon a Time in Second Life’ to a close – and unleash on you all yet another novel that would not exist were it not for this event.
Once again, I’ve been asked by Harriet Gausman, proprietor of Milk Wood writers’ sim (the beautiful, woodland home of NaNo in SL for many years now) to deliver a workshop on writing a successful NaNoWriMo. This year, the event will be held on Friday, 27 October at 3pm SLT (that’s 11pm to any Brits out there). If you’re thinking about giving it a go this year – whether you’re a seasoned NaNo noveller or making your first ever attempt – I’d love to see you. NaNoWriMo and SL are deeply interwoven for me. My very first attempt in 2006 was what led me into SL; since then I’ve used the month to write eight novels set in the metaverse, most notably, of course, the AFK series. The event will be in voice and you can get to it by clicking here: Milk Wood
Over the years on this blog, I’ve added a few freebies and musings concerning NaNoWriMo which budding novelists might find handy:
- I’ve created a Flickr album of free photographs that could be used as novel covers here. That’s not going the help you get the novel written, of course; though I’m a big believer in high expectations being part of the secret of NaNo success – and one of those expectations should be to publish. If you do that then you’re going to need a cover.
- If that strikes you as useful advice, you might like to read my article from 2013 Five Tips on Writing a NaNoWriMo. Don’t forget also to consult these wise words from Isaac Asimov on turning off that pesky ‘Inner Editor.’ There is also my Huck’s Cube of NaNo that I put together last year and hope to use again during my talk on Friday (you can see it in the picture above, which was taken at the end of last year’s workshop).
- And whatever you do, don’t be without my free Progress Tool, an Excel spread sheet with everything you need for NaNo stats.
Additionally, if you’re after an SL writing location with a retro 70s feel (I mean, who isn’t) all NaNo novelists are very welcome to hang out in The Nancy Redgrave Building, where you will find office space, a lounge bar and even a rooftop pool if swimming is something that activates the writer in you. Visit by clicking here: The Nancy Redgrave Building