NaNoWriMo'14 blog 1: A new beginning

Hello, there, and welcome to the second of my two favourite months of the year. With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 making August the first of them, it might come as little surprise to learn that National Novel Writer's Month makes November the second.

As I write this, I have just finished a mediocre pizza, an excellent ale (Hobgoblin - perfect for this time of year), and the first 1,776 words of my new novel - the third book in the MSCE series.

A brief explanation for those who have not come across the NaNoWriMo before. The premise is simple. You start writing on November the 1st and stop on November 30th. In that time, you write 50,000 words - a short novel - which equates to an average of 1,667 per day. NaNoWriMo is absolutely not an exercise in quality writing - you are encouraged to dispose of your inner editor before November even arrives. It is an exercise in making sure that you put words onto paper - that you write every day, no matter what.

It is spectacular training for writers, and because you are working with a community of like-minded folk, you have a lot of support, which is something I know many of us lack at other times of year. It is also a wonderful experience, and a little exploration will uncover lots of events run by organisers (or Municipal Liaisons) to encourage meeting, writing, discussing ideas, and sharing support.

With the help of this fabulous community, I wrote just over 50,000 words in 2012, and something like 72,000 last year, though this was split between the second MSCE book and a story I wrote exclusively for NaNo. I consider Toronto to be my home town for the NaNoWriMo, and so I associate my profile with that city on the website. To give you an example of the scale of this event, it is now 22:59 UTC, which is 18:59 in Toronto. With five whole hours still to go on the very first day of November, 787,696 words have already been written by Torontonian WriMos. That is one city, and although the event is the National Novel Writer's Month, don't be fooled - this is a global community.

This year I aim to write even more, as I push to make the third book in the MSCE series the best and biggest yet. I plan to blog every few days about my experiences, so feel free to follow here, and please comment with any thoughts you might care to leave.

David's word count: 1,776