...plus one book recommendation on how to write.
It's that time of year again, and I've embarked on the 50,000 words in a month novel writing challenge, Nanowrimo. I'm returning to The Sword in the Spaceship, an idea I've had for a while of doing a King Arthur and time travel story (props to Mark Twain's fascinating A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as partial inspiration, plus T H White's The Sword in the Stone, of course).
I've done Nanowrimo before twice - no three times - once where I completed it, back in 2007, another when I used it to work on an existing novel in 2008, and another where I made a start and didn't finish, in 2011. Some people find the whole exercise rather pointless - why bother to churn out a badly written novel, rather than taking the time to do it properly?
If Nanowrimo helps you write and you enjoy it, then great. If not, that's fine. There's no one-size-fits-all writing approach. But here are my reasons why I personally find it helpful:
1. An excuse to be antisocial
2. The sketch before the painting
3. Become a writing shark
4. Harnessing social pressure
5. It's fun
Are you Nanowrimoing? What do you find helpful for writing? Let me know how you're getting on...