kerri buckley and nanowrimo 2005

Pacific Northwest writer Kerri Buckley blogs about National Novel Writing Month in November, 2005.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Day Six of National Novel Writing Month

Pacific Northwest writer Kerri Buckley's blog about National Novel Writing Month
Day Six of National Novel Writing Month. I thought I'd take a break from writing and plotting to blog. I'm blogging because another project I have is going to utilize this blog a little down the road. I'm still struggling, and thinking of trying to double up on word count next week, and also still examining differing scene dynamics. Are others just breezing through? I found some books helpful for this adventure. The first is NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty's book No Plot? No Problem! It is a very happy and carefree approach to novel writing. I enjoy this book as much as I enjoy Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life. There is a lot of great information in the book for thirty-day novelists, and his humor! It's great. I interviewed him last summer, and he is a born speaker. His enthusiasm for National Novel Writing Month is like a current that catches everyone in its rapids. He is very enthusiastic, and a blog spot specifically for that interview will be posted within this month. I love how his chapter sections have headings like Plot Happens, How to Get Rid of Your Children, and A Ticket to Novel Writing Land. He talks about food, coffee, coffee shops, a favorite pen, a writing totem, a book whose format you depend on to guide you (a favorite novel), and enlisting friends and family for help. He should get a lot of credit for his encouragement to just begin writing. He's very non-conventional and kind of grassroots. NaNoWriMo has also teamed up with a San Francisco non-profit called Room to Read which has to date supplied three libraries full of books for kids in Cambodia. You can donate online at the NaNoWriMo site, http://www.nanowrimo.org to this program that will provide whole libraries for kids in Cambodia and Laos. More on other books later. Kerri

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