NaNoReMo 2010: What the What?

No, that’s not a typo or a phonetic respelling of how I pronounce nanowrimo. I’m mixing it up and doing something a bit different this year. Instead of writing a 50k word novel during the month of November, I’m celebrating National Novel Reading Month.

I can’t do NaNoWriMo this year. Not only is there too much going on to devote 3-4 hours a day almost every day, but I’m not sure what the point is anymore. Not the point of NaNoWriMo in general, just for me. Last year when murmur had a podcast that featured the fest, the question of what to do with a NaNoNovel after it’s been written came up. I have two NaNoNovels, but no answer to the question. It’s been plaguing me and I don’t feel like adding to that stack is a step forward. So I’m not doing it.

I feel like the daily drabbles I’m doing over at the studio are doing a great job of recharging my creative juices, so I’m not looking for a second writing challenge right now. What I do need a kick in the pants for is novel reading. I’ve read an embarrassingly few novels this year and with a twitter list full of booksellers and book fans, I’ve become extremely frustrated at my “inability” to keep up. I could make the time to read, it’s sitting right there at the end of most of my week days when I’m reading the same silly stories on the internet or watching the same silly TV shows.

To that end, I’m declaring November as National Novel Reading Month or NaNoReMo for short. My goal is to read 50 hours of novels (works of fiction) this month. This boils down to 1 hour and 40 minutes a day. I considered doing X number of novels/pages, but so much depends on the style of the author that would be much harder to quantify.

I’m planning to layering prose novels with graphic novels. I’m not sure yet if that extends to comic trades, but I think it might. It will all depend on what stands out when I finish up the previous book. Why layer? The one thing I’ve always disliked about NaNoWriMo is that by the time I’m done, I don’t want to have anything to do with writing for at least a month. I don’t want that to happen with reading (I’m not convinced it could), but the graphic novels should serve as a palate cleanser between courses.

Speaking of courses, I’m starting with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay which i should have read months ago for the murmur book club but have barely started. My next novel will be Howl, which was gifted/awarded to me by Josh, the purveyor of Brews and Books and one of those bookseller friends I mentioned earlier.

After that, who knows? There are physical and mental stacks galore that are just begging to be taken out. I can’t wait.

  • Adrian

    Great idea. I’m a day behind but I might just jump on the bandwagon.