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I spew a lot of words (and typos) through this blog, but I’ve always harbored idyllic dreams of writing something…. more. But the epic idea has failed to materialize, so I am taking another interesting route by signing up for National Writing Novel Month or as most of the in crowd know as, NaNoWriMo. The basic premise is you write 50,000 words of a draft novel in 30 days, but track your progress in the NaNoWriMo web site, which employs almost every social media and support system one can think of– and it is massive.

Its not with some expectation to toss out the 50k words and soon be sitting pretty on the Oprah show with the new novel, its (seems) more about just the exercise and rigor of regular writing towards a goal– not all that different from the sport I really don’t like. So almost on impulse, when I noted through twitter yesterday that some colleagues where “Wrimos”, without too much thought I signed up.

I’ve got about 3700 words in, a little behind the chart pace, but the idea is just write write write, and get the 50k words out, then edit in December. I’m not ready to reveal the topic yet, as it is somewhat unfolding with the words. I first started to go down a path of something more typical to what goes here (and yes, the first idea involved dogs), but decided to try something really different from what goes here.

And I also wanted to see from the inside how the features on the NaNoWriMo site work for someone who is a participant.

I have a over all concept, gimmick, and arc, and it was a quarter baked idea that had a genesis to something that happened a whole ago, but even in the first rounds of word dumps, I am liking how it is growing as it goes.

To be continued…. maybe once I get to 25k I’ll lift the corner of the lid a bit…

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. I’m so excited you’re doing this too! 3700 words with a late start is amazing! I changed my mind about what I was going to write, the day before it started. I think it’s an interesting exercise and very different than anything I’ve ever done. It’s refreshing not to research and cite and wonder if my ideas are original or not. We can just write.

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