Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? Did you hear people muttering about it last November and wonder what they were talking about and why they had a crazy glint in their eyes?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing month and it takes place each November. The challenge is to write 50 000 words of new, original fiction during the month. You sign up on the website and can join a community of people who are also undertaking the challenge, both online and at write-ins held locally. How many people participate worldwide? The total collective word count for 2009 was 2, 427, 190, 537 words.
I participated for the first time last November and met the goal. However, my novel was not finished and despite numerous attempts to continue on, my novel remains unfinished. Without the driving force of NaNo behind me, my characters are stuck in their journey. I abandoned them partially down highway six, on their way to Northern Canada. Occasionally I think of them and feel guilty, but I feel too much time has passed now for me to be able to connect with the story again and continue their travel. Sorry guys.
Anyway, back to Script Frenzy. If you are excited about NaNoWriMo and are anxiously waiting for November, you should know that there is a similar challenge that takes place each April. The goal of Script Frenzy is to write 100 pages of original scripted material within the month. It can take the form of a T.V. show, screenplay, graphic novel, stage play or short film. To participate, you just have to sign up for free at the Script Frenzy website. I enjoyed NaNo and would like to participate, but I am lacking one key element; an idea. (Though, I must admit that it is highly likely that I also lack the ability to write an interesting plot and any knowledge of how one goes about creating a script. There are a lot of hurdles I would have to leap over). I have twenty days left for inspiration to strike me. . . .