Handwriting for NaNoWriMo

27 10 2010

Okay, guys. It has been the last week of October. NaNoWriMo 2010 is just around the corner.

If you guys participate in this year’s NaNo, have you prepared what you’re going to write? Have you outlined everything or you’ll just write the first thing that will come into your mind? Well, if you can do the latter, then good for you. I honestly can’t, and I’m amazed some people really can do that. You’re awesome! 🙂

For this year’s NaNo, I have decided to use handwriting. And I suppose I must be nuts: I even rarely handwrite anything lately, ever since I gain a 24/7 access to personal laptop, and yet I’m planning to handwrite everything. Yay, I’m doomed! 🙂

On the other hand, when I handwrote everything, it feels like the story can flow more naturally, nearly as if I don’t even have to think about it. Personally, I think it’s because of two things. First, handwriting indeed is more natural for us. We learn handwriting ever since we’re so small, even before we learn to use computer’s keyboard (well, I just say this in general, though). And even though there’s no significant difference between them, what’s more natural to us is usually easier to do, just as we’re more accustomed to our mother language among the others (except if we spend more time using these “other” languages).

Secondly, well, handwriting is slower than typing. Not much, but just approximately 25% slower for me. And because of this extra time, too, we will get an extra time to think what the story will go on, how the characters will behave, and which scenario will be the best for it—all that sort of things. So, by the time we’re about to write the next sentence, we don’t have to wait anymore; the words have been there!

But that’s just a brief about handwriting for NaNo. If you’ll use typewriter or computer, that’s cool—your choice suits you the most. More importantly… NaNoWriMo is coming to town! 🙂


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NaNoWriMo – Ready, Set, Wait!

24 09 2010

Well, guys and gals, NaNoWriMo almost begins again….

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What is NaNoWriMo? If you’re still new with that word, it’s short for National Novel Writing Month, which usually takes place in November and July. The main aim in this event is to write minimum 50,000 words in 30 days.

Yes, 50,000 words in 30 days. That means you must at least write around 1,600 words per day to complete it before November finishes. And, this year, I’ll be participating….

…Man, I have scared my head off already. 😦

November… that should be the busiest time in college. I guess I’ll have lots of homework by that time, including essays, presentations and tests. Let alone I still have to find a part-time job, which means it’d be even crazier if I decide to join in. That might mean I’d have to wake up so late, just to complete daily word limit, but still have to attend lectures at uni the next day….

…Oh, what the heck. Isn’t that the reason God creates coffee? 🙂

So, I suppose, the busiest day is not November but October, in which I have to complete as many works as possible before NaNoWriMo begins. I’ll have to be the first in presentations (if possible, finish all of them before November) to survive NaNoWriMo, or else I’d have to complete it at December. The choice is only two: the first, or the last.

Wicked, huh?

Anyhow, if any of you is interested to join, you can check NaNoWriMo’s website here. Especially if you want to be a novelist, this is your BIG chance. C’mon, hurry up! When October comes, you’ll have to start finishing your works for NaNoWriMo! Let’s see if we’ll still be breathing by December. 🙂

…*Sigh* Now I have to collect as many music as possible, to listen to it on November.


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