Tuesday, 28 October 2008

National Novel Writing Month

This morning I walked into a fist of bureaucracy kindly supplied by the Department of Work and Pensions. Not only does it ensure I remain in penury for several more months if not longer but it also emotionally knocked me flat on my back. Having been knocked down hard just last week by the non- job situation I decided not to bother getting up for a couple of days.

Self Portrait: Tanvir Bush (c) 2008


’I will just stay down and watch the fists whizz by from the safety of the dirt. I can grovel and whine from here,’ I thought, practically, to myself. ‘I know there will be some kicking whilst I am down but at least I will avoid the constant smacks to heavily dented brain. ‘

I was therefore lying in the dirt in a pool of my own self-pity when a ping ponged on my email. November is National Novel Writing Month and I, being careful to keep on my knees, reached up to my shining computer and subscribed. I have pledged to try and write a 50,000-word essay in four weeks. If you would like to keep tabs on this ridiculous exercise, join in or even sponsor me a bob or two then the links are below, below, below.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Page details: Tanvir Bush's Fundraising Page
http://www.firstgiving.com/tanvirbush

I think I might try standing up now. I have to make up some splints for the repetitive strain injuries in December.

This is all very exciting!
Read in Blue: Tanvir Bush(c) 2008

8 comments:

Suzie said...

What a great idea. I will not join you or pay you but I will applaud you. Weee you go cuz. Write away! Weeeee :)

family affairs said...

Blimey - that will be a challenge - keep us updated Lx

Nao Sims said...

Wooohooo! Good Plan!

I am cheering you on from over here in Canada!!!

Not to mention, I think you're a really wonderful writer.

Let the Inspiration begin!!!!

Ferg said...

Sorry to hear you have been knocked down. Will follow your writing adventure... xoxo

fush and chips said...

"The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30"

Lordy, that's over 1 500 words a day, along a continuous narrative.

Just be your wonderful, articulate, odd-shaped brained self, and you will triumph.

May the force be with you.

Chimera said...

Why thank you everyone. Suzie, Family Affairs, Nao ! I will need all your good thoughts (kicks up bum) and will probably whine at lenght about it on this very blog!
Ta for comment Ferg and I will take up my lightsabre Fush and wup some Vader ass!
T x

Reya Mellicker said...

Mama said there'd be days like this ...

National write a novel month?? How cool. Go girl!!

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