While we’re jumping into NaNoWriMo this month, it might be interesting to see what was going on in the minds of some famous authors of days gone by. This site is an ongoing project looking at the notebooks of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The site compares handwritten notebook pages (not surprising since they predate the typewriter) alongside typed pages for easy reading. They offer a fascinating glimpse into Shelley’s creative process. Interesting reading. (And yes, I know the image here is not really representative of the novel, but it is, in its own way, an iconic image of Frankenstein’s monster, so there.)
November 1 begins National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never heard of it, it is an annual worldwide challenge to produce a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. As of the time of this post, 181,648 aspiring novelists have signed up for the event. A surprising number of people “win” the event by producing their books within 31 days. What I can’t vouch for is the quality of the work produced, although I know that many of them do go on to publish. The idea of NaNoWriMo is, in my opinion, more of a draft-stage effort. If you waste time editing and rewriting at this point, you’ll never get done. Just go with it and write. Worry about making it pretty later.
I am once again participating. I did several years ago, but was unable to finish during the month because of other commitments. I completed the book some months later and published it via Create Space, an excellent self-publishing platform owned by Amazon. If you are interested, you can get the book here.
This year I’m gearing up to participate again with a new novel. The working title is “Return of the Red Mask.” I’ll be talking about it on this site (see the link in the menu bar above) as it progresses, introducing characters, plots lines and other things.