A Novel Idea

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Novem­ber is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Starting tomor­row, I put up my “Do Not Disturb” sign and for thir­ty days and nights retire to an undis­closed loca­tion with my nose to the grind­stone (and my fin­gers to the key­board) as I tap tap tap away 50,000 words worth of char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, plots, sub­plots, twists and turns that should coa­lesce into a nov­el.

NaNoWriMo is an annu­al event that gath­ers par­tic­i­pants from around the world to write their first (or sec­ond, or third) nov­el in one month. It aims to help would-be nov­el­ists stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, break through writer’s block, and come out the oth­er side with a com­plete work. The idea is that writ­ers work alone but have a shared com­mu­ni­ty of resources, forums, and even­tu­al­ly read­ers to tap into.

The NaNoWriMo com­mu­ni­ty is quite bustling, and accord­ing to the web­site last year it had 165,000 par­tic­i­pants more than 30,000 of who crossed the 50K fin­ish line. This is not a typ­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion in that there are no win­ners or prizes, but rather a com­pe­ti­tion against one­self and a tick­ing clock.

Granted, the approach is one of quan­ti­ty over qual­i­ty, but for a painful­ly self-crit­i­cal per­fec­tion­ist like myself, that might be just what is need­ed. Ideas for a nov­el have been per­co­lat­ing inside me for quite a while, and now it’s time to get them all out. At my key­board, get set, write!

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Mona Taha October 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I have been waiting for your first novel,which hopefully will be adapted into a movie, for the past 3 years. I hope that my wish is coming true,and as they say" Hope is a great thing." I have a great faith in your talent,you just need the first step which is the hardest. I love you my future dream !!! Mom

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Meedo October 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Shawshank Mom. :)

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Jad November 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hope is a great thing, maybe the best of things. But please when you go through the novel come out clean on the other side.

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Meedo November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Yeah don't worry. I'm not crawling through five-hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can't even imagine. I'll be fine.

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Jad November 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hope is a great thing, maybe the best of things. But please when you go through the novel come out clean on the other side.

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