Tuesday 2 November 2010

NaNoEdMo, anyone?

Unless you've been living in a bag, you can't have failed to notice that it's NaNoWriMo time (the new name for November). I don't do NaNoWriMo - I once tried a spring equivalent, and gave up after 10 days as it just doesn't suit the way I write. Not even that particular project, which had a very experimental structure and premise and could in theory have been written in any order. And if I can't make it work with that, I'm not going to be able to make it work at all, I reckon.

However, inspired by the comments (esp sheilamcperry) on the Crabbit One's blog on why she doesn't do NaNoWriMo, I'm going to try to NaNoEdMo - edit the novel I should have delivered at the end of the summer, in the course of November. Luckily, I've made a start already, so I don't have to sort out quite all 70,000 words during the month. But it is a complex novel with a lot of historical research to check and a lot of emotional baggage weighing it down. So would anyone like to NaNoEdMo with me? It would be nice to have that solidarity and encouragement to keep me on track that the NaNoWriMo'ers have.

(Of course, the only reason it's difficult to edit this novel in a month is that I'm supposed to be doing other things. Such as the last 30,000 words of The Story of Physics, my RLF fellowship at the University of Essex, running BookJam, and getting today's Thrale's event off the ground. And sending an app outline to a publisher, and doing editorial changes to the book on Turing, and waiting to hear from the acquisitions meeting about a picture book, and writing several book reviews and guest blog posts, and doing last month's invoicing and, and.... living. Oh yes, that's the thing writers never have time for. Maybe NaNoLiveMo would be more appropriate.)


1 comment:

  1. Well, one front works well anyway! The event at Thrale's was very enjoyable with really delicious snacks too! Thanks! Good luck with editing.