NaNoWriMo 2018 kicks off: workshop


Yes, it’s here again. National Novel Writing Month begins the day after tomorrow. Once again, I’ll be doing a workshop on the annual activity of banging out a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It takes place tomorrow at 3pm SLT and here is the blurb.

Huck’s Cube of NaNo
Hosted by Huckleberry Hax

Wednesday 31st October, 2018
3pm PT / 6pm ET / 10pm GMT

It’s National Novel Writing Month again! Prepare yourself for pep talks! If there’s one thing aspiring novelists can rely on in the month of November (besides sleep deprivation and bleeding fingertips) it’s other writers delivering their ‘top tips’ for getting 50,000 words written in the space of 30 days. Huckleberry Hax has absolutely no intention of deviating from this formula (chiefly because it makes him feel for an hour like a real, grown-up writer), and will be once again delivering his ‘Cube of Nano’ talk at Milk Wood as novelists assume the crouch position, ready for the starter’s gun. Why ‘cube’? Because he has six tips, and six without the framework of a cool geometric shape sounds like it really ought to be edited down to five – BUT WE DON’T EDIT DURING NANOWRIMO!

Join us for an hour in voice on 31st October at 3pm SLT. Please come voice-enabled so you can hear Huck talk. Every person who types the line ‘When is it starting?’ five minutes into the talk *will* be given lines to write.


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 (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.


One thought on “NaNoWriMo 2018 kicks off: workshop

  1. Reblogged this on Thar She Blows! and commented:
    As usual I’m not gonna participate in the NaNoWriMo, having put my plansn for The Novel of The 21st Century on ice already in the last century. Also I’m actually and actively “writing”, if you may call it that. Namely this bloggo here. So I’m good thankyouverymuch. But you, dear readers, did you grab pen and paper lately? If not, wtf are you doing with your time? Get rid of your fukn TV and ebcome creative ffs!
    The wonderfully prolific Huck Hax gives you kinda starter pack for your own adventure in writing. Read his article …

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