I’m not a massive fan of acronyms. Nor abbreviations. Reality TV shows and social media have a lot to answer for – we increasingly converse in hashtags and space-saving words, constructed to fit the confines of lives lived through digital communications.
I do suffer from grammar rage (we’ve covered that here before) but I can tolerate the OMGs, LOLs and ‘Totes Amaze’ calling cards of the Made in Chelsea [MIC] massive. Everything in moderation.
Seldom does a make believe word scare me to my core. But then I came across ‘NaNoWriMo’ last night – that’s National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated.
There’s a simple premise behind the clumsy acronym: You have one month – November – to write a novel. That’s 50,000 words (minimum) in 30 days. Sure. Piece of cake.
The next 30 days are already poised to be amongst my busiest of the year. A week-long charity campaign; a big awards ceremony; two launch events; countless press releases + a few more events for good measure; a London wedding and commiserating myself on the passing of another year (I’m 31 in two weeks) are amongst the varied activities in my November diary to date.
Maths has never been my strongest point but by my calculations, to meet this challenge, you’d have to pen an average of 1666 words a day. I could do that. But it would be complete nonsense.
I love a challenge. But even if I took a month off work, I’m not sure I could write a novel in a month. I like the thought process behind the project though: commit; put procrastination to bed; write every day; emerge with a first draft. And bloodshot eyes.
It’s not going to happen for me this November but I will be stalking those that are taking part in my down time. I might even be inspired to develop an idea for a novel that’s been brewing for some time.
Perhaps by this time next year, I might have the bones of a plot and characters that will propel me into NaNoWriMo 2014 with the appropriate enthusiasm required.
To all the NaNoWriMoers out there – good luck. I’ll have a coffee for you.