Things may get a little quiet around here (or maybe not), and here's why:
I'm going to attempt a little NaNoWriMo over the coming month.
The National Novel Writing Month officially starts 1st November, and it's simple aim is for anyone so inclined to sit down and pen themselves a fiction novel at the breakneck speed of 1,667 words a day, ending up with a 50,000 word novel come the end of the month.
I've started early, and on an abstract 28th of August, because my spectacularly unremarkable idea was dying to get penned, but I urge anyone out there to consider it for the following reasons:
1. Your creative juices will be exploding on a daily basis, and that is good.
2. If you're a miserable whinging bastard like me, it'll be a welcome diversion from reality.
3. Apparently, free-time mundanities such as window shopping or channel surfing will seem like well-earned oases of near-sexual excitement once you're dedicating yourself brain-wise.
4. Not having a plot, any characters, or a general clue doesn't matter one jot. In fact, it's a requirement. Based on the principle that 'The first draft of anything is shit', NaNoWroMo demands that you just write the damn thing anyway rather than attempt The Greatest Story Ever Told for six harrowing months then give up by Chapter 3. The fun is seeing this world evolve as you begin writing your vague story and not care too much, lest your shit first draft becomes a shitter quarter of an otherwise complete novel with a fair amount of self-loathing.
5. Most important of all, it actively encourages you to force out any old crap, very much quantity over quality, resulting in some amazing things happening as your lacklustre story begins to take some kind of shape and your newborn characters get bored and start going fucking mental.
As every creative endeavour I've ever undertaken has collapsed under the self-induced weight of my perceived shitness of it, forcing myself to do this will be very interesting indeed. And yes, it will be forced. I'm on Day 2 and already I'm 1,000 words under the daily quota and boo-hoo, I'm tired.
If you're keen, I recommend you check out the NaNoWriMo website. And if you're really keen, I really recommend you buy founding member Chris Baty's book of the project, 'No Plot? No Problem!'
Go on, I dare ya.
Will I be writing a delicate story of unrequited love in fifteenth century Belgium? Or will aliens invade the Channel Tunnel and turn it into an intergalactic Starbucks? Or perhaps I may write about Ben Gefwola and his pathetic attempts to have sex. My imagination is truly remarkable. Is yours better?