kerri buckley and nanowrimo 2005

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

Monday, October 17, 2005

On Creating Fiction Today

Never save anything for your next book, because that possible creation may not be properly shaped to hold the thoughts you're working with today. In fiction especially, anything that could happen, should happen. Tam Mossman


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Joining NaNoWriMo

It's easy, really, to join NaNoWriMo. You can visit their website at and sign up to be an official participant and novelist. They have electronic stickers you can download, and to be a winner, you need only to write 50,000 words. That's about 1,666 a day, for thirty days. You begin at 12:00 am on November 1, and finish at 12:00 am on November 30. The website will tell you more about the whole event. There are gatherings around the world, maybe even in a city near you. When you finish, you send in your novel, which will be noted, and then deleted. You can then download a winner's certificate. The best part, though, will be what you learned about yourself during the whole process. How do you write a novel? There are so many great books on that subject, and this blog will mention some of those books. The only real way to learn, however, is to just write it.

A Novel in Thirty Days?

I've been learning how to write a novel for several years. I've done research, taken notes, and finally feel ready to try my hand at becoming a novelist. I interviewed Seattle author Waverly Fitzgerald last spring for my radio show, The Literary Cafe, and she recommended that I write my novel during National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately called by the founder and veterans. This month-long event was started back in 1999 by Bay area journalist Chris Baty. That year 21 people signed up. It has grown since then, with participation from around the world, and the numbers in the thousands. If you've ever wanted to take the plunge and write a novel, this is the time to do it. Join thousands of others as they gear up with their laptops, thesaurus, special pens, and favorite energy drink. It will be a month of intense writing, thinking, letting go, experiencing, and discovery.