Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo & Short Story Workshop, plus Saturday's Weather Forecast ...

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NaNoWriMo & Short Story Workshop
plus Saturday's Weather Forecast ...

Writing a 50,000-word novel in November
and other such crazy goings-on
Behind the Blue Door

For those who don't know about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I've written a brief post on Mindful Living Guide to illuminate the essentials, as well as a 650-word article which will soon be published as a guest blog post to a few websites on both sides of the Atlantic. But even more briefly, those who sign up to participate in this long-since-gone-global literary phenomenon commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in a month.

A first draft that is.

For the curmudgeonly naysayers amongst you (there aren't really any of you out there, are there?!), you'd do well to hold your sneers and snorts. Thus far, more than 90 novels have been published which emanated from this mad-dash month of throwing buckets of words onto the page. More sniggers, still? Okay, if that's not enough, you should know, too, that this includes two #1 New York Times bestsellers. The latest of these is already making a huge splash—Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus—despite it only having been published in mid-September.

And it's not too late! to sign up and throw yourself into November novel-writing madness.

The 50,000 word commitment divided by 30 days means you need to write, on average, 1,667 words a day. After two days, my novel stands at 3,412. And I intend to add another 1,700 to 2,000 words to that after writing this combined MLG mailing/blog post. As in addition to writing this 50,000-word draft novel in November, I'll also be posting regular updates about the NaNoWriMo writing process to MLG.

So, if you've not already subscribed to receive Mindful Living Guide posts via email (not to be confused with the MLG newsletter), click here. That way you'll receive an email in your inbox each time I post an update to the website.

These first two days have been a wonderfully wild ride. Not only in the smashing of the champagne bottle against the bow of my novel-writing ocean liner—well, perhaps more a novel-writing dinghy launched into the tidal (yet deadly: Virginia Woolf's far from the only person to meet her demise in the) waters of the River Ouse—but also in the organizing and promoting of other nifty goings-on Behind the Blue Door, such as:  1) this Saturday's 5th of November Lewes Bonfire Pop-Up Party (I'd suggest booking ASAP, particularly as RAIN is forecast for Saturday, and here, Behind the Blue Door, you'll be safe, warm and dry two floors above absolute mayhem on the High Street below ... and you'll be served yummy autumnal eats by two of the, ahem, finest home cooks in Sussex!) and 2) next Saturday's 12th of November 'National Short Story Week' Writing Workshop (10 am-3 pm, with a one-hour lunch break).

For those of you who are visiting this post from the local Brighton-area NaNoWriMo community, the above Short Story Writing Workshop is an ideal, enjoyable way to spend five hours with other writers who want to crash through some supportive and nurturing—yet fast-and-furious—flash fiction writing exercises and such to get the pen flowing more freely, less self-consciously. And what better way to treat yourself to the nearly halfway point of NaNoWriMo than to take yourself off to lovely Lewes (we're smack in the center of town, just a 5-minute walk from the Lewes Railway Station) and to join, in person, other warmhearted writerly folk from the realm!  The remaining places are sure to fill quickly. So, again, I'd recommend booking ASAP.

Oh, one final announcement:  I have another article—entitled "Tao and the Art of Autumnal Writing: Bringing Mindfulness Back into Blogging"—which is scheduled to be published by ProBlogger this coming Tuesday, 8 November.

That's all for now, folks. And thank you, as always, for your support.

With warm regards,


1 comment:

  1. Sean, I wish I could be there for the Saturday bonanza. More especially for the food, which I know from experience is great. Much love,MOM