Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Princess Haiku participates in National Book Writing Month

I found out about National Book Writing Month on October 31st and signed up at the last minute. It is this wonderful, international creative venue that encourages participants to bash out a novel in 30 days. It is kind of a group support while you work alone kind of thing.

I had an outline, some notes and decided to give it a whirl. If anyone wants to follow my progress or cheer me on you can visit me at nanowrimo under screen name princesshaiku.

It isn't as hard as you think if you put your critical mind to rest and just write stream of consciousness. I wrote my first short, prose novel that way two years ago and it took me six weeks. That project was a lot more intense and this one just seems enjoyable.

I do wish that I didn't have such poetic tendencies but a person is born who they are. It would be wonderful to write mainstream genre. Perhaps some day I will manage that. In the meantime I am in a chrysanthemum garden, with a soon to be haunted haiku poet.

You can also register for the wonderful forums and expert advice. -Well some not so expert as audacious and fun.

See you there. I imagine that anyone who regularly reads my blog is also a writer. I know who you are and will you come out and write with me?

PS Thanks to the nice lady ML from the Marin/Sonoma who gave me information yesterday.


Elizabeth said...

Your writing is poetic in the right way - it entrances, tantalizes, leads into other ways of seeing.

Elizabeth said...

I don't know if my first comment got through - but your writing on this blog needs no apologies or change.
Yes I'm writing and have just resolved to finish something by November's end!

Marion said...

Congratulations, Princess...I would like to do something like this, as well. I just don't know how I could find the time.

Stream of consciousness writing is wonderful. I just follow the muse; there are no worries about editing,etc. until the very end.

I plan on following along. Good luck!

Princess Haiku said...

Thanks Marion And E for being so supportive. I am away from home for two days and hope to get back on track on Sunday.

goatman said...

A full novel seems a distant goal for one month! But I guess you know what you are doing.
I sometimes see authors on C-Span Books who have spent years on one book; but the books are usually historical with much research and detail to consider.
I, on the other hand would need a month to put together a decent poem; but then I am a slow thinker.

I applaud your gumption and will follow your progress.

goatman said...

I signed up on the Nanowrimo site to see if it allowed review of others' writing efforts -- apparently not.

I even left a message of encouragement for you; it looks like your book is half done, or so. Very good. But the message was not delivered. I fear we fear too much!