NaNo Technology

At this time of year all aspiring writers of fiction gear up for the first of November when Nanowrimo starts. Nanowrimo is short for National Novel-writing Month and has spawned a number of spin-offs such as National Poetry Writing Month (Napowrimo) and Nablopomo which sounds like a member of the Soviet Politburo but is to do with blog posting. With Nanowrimo the idea is to produce a novel of 50,000 words in a month. If this sounds a tall order, that’s because it is; if you write every day including weekends you’d have to produce over a thousand words (or three pages of A4) a day. If that doesn’t seem like much just sit down and try it – and if you don’t know what 50,000 words looks like, it’s a short novel or a longish novella (or a Russian short story.)

I had already decided not to do Nano this year, seeing as how I’ve just finished a novel, but now a brilliant idea has occurred to me. What about a short story collection! There are often competitions for themed short story collections and I usually struggle to fit my disparate stories under one umbrella, so what if I were to write a collection that was themed from the start? November 1st is (in theory) the first day of our brand new bright Brexit tomorrow, so what better theme than Brexit Britain?

I shall update you as we go along.

Kirk out

5 thoughts on “NaNo Technology

  1. No, don’t bother. As I’m sure you’re already aware, the public at large are fed up to the back teeth with Brexit, which almost certainly won’t happen, anyway. Think of a more original theme – there can be no shortage of them.

  2. As a theme, it’s already been done to death. Ali Smith doctored the ‘Autumn’ volume of her seasons sequence to ‘accommodate’ Brexit and that was back in 2016. The trend has mushroomed since – literally everyone who can string two words together (and quite a few who can’t) are on the speculative Brexit bandwagon. It really is beyond hackneyed and speculation is pointless: none of us will ever see the end of it, as it will persist well beyond our lifetimes.

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