What is NANO? Is it Neighboring Aliens Not Original? Northwest Amateur Night Owls? Or is it something else entirely.
NANO is short for National Novel Writers November. During that month thousands of writers will commit to writing a 50,000 word novel. That means we have to each put 1,067– 2,000 words on the paper every day during November. Now this isn’t really a complete novel. Mine usually run about 75,000, but if I get 50,000 words, I won’t leave it. My mind refuses to leave it. In fact I have a hard time remembering that it isn’t reality, just my brain working on a puzzle. That’s why I’m so crazy.
I have a sign on my office door that says:
Writer at work
Bystanders may be
Written into a story
That’s just exactly what is happening this year. I’m writing people into the story that I have seen. They will not be recognizable as such because their names, and circumstances will have been changed to protect the ridiculous. Actually it is a fruit basket upset so that one person’s personality is with another person’s face and still another set of weird habits. And then I threw a lot in also. But the basic premise is the same.
Novels don’t just come into being because I sit down at my computer. Before November, just to get ready, I have chosen my topic, the general direction the novel is going, and I know a little about the characters. The characters sometimes get a mind of their own and then I have to fight them to keep the story on track. Remember, these are people I’ve seen lately, so if you’ve seen me recently, or know someone that has, beware. If not, get to know my fun, crazified friends. I’ve made them crazy, not that they are crazy to begin with. For instance, there is the group photographer that carries his camera everywhere but takes all of his pictures with his phone. He’s a producer of B movies.
Anyway, follow me here as I go through the writing process in November. By the end of the month I’ll have a good start to my novel. I promise it will be worth it.