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Novel-Writing Marathon (NaNoWriMo)

From: Janis Jaquith
Length: 03:24

I have one month in which to write a 50,000-word novel--and this is the month.

Nanowrimo_small This is a commentary about my experience in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month) marathon. If you write fast enough, you can outrun that little voice in your head, that inner critic who keeps whispering, "Who do you think you are?" For more info, visit: http://www.NaNoWriMo.org

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This is a commentary about my experience in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month) marathon. If you write fast enough, you can outrun that little voice in your head, that inner critic who keeps whispering, "Who do you think you are?" For more info, visit: http://www.NaNoWriMo.org

Broadcast History

This aired on WVTF (Roanoke, VA) show "Studio Virginia" in late November, 2003.

Transcript

NANOWRIMO:
A Novel-Writing Marathon for Masochists
- by Janis Jaquith

I don't have time for this, you know. I have just one month -- one month! -- to come up with a 50,000-word novel. It doesn't have to be good enough, it just has to be long enough.

If I can come up with 1,667 words every day to add to the manuscript, then, in thirty days, voila! A novel!

Five years ago, some guy in California came up with this bizarre idea: a mass writing exercise. People all over the world are taking up the challenge of writing a novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November.

Twenty-two thousand people have signed up this year, including 250 right here in Virginia.

Why, you ask, attempt to write a novel in a mere thirty days? Well, the idea is to just keep typing, so that your inner critic, the one who sneers ev...
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Timing and Cues

Suggested Intro:

Most of us, at this time of year, are thinking about the coming holidays. But there are some people who have no time to think about anything right now except the month-long novel-writing marathon called "NaNoWriMo". Commentator Janis Jaquith is one of those masochistic marathoners, and she's here to tell us all about it.

Musical Works

William Tell Overture, by G. Rossini.
John Anderson, Maurice Murphy, Original Soundtrack, Shaun Randall and Trevor Jones. From the Album "Brassed Off!" RCA Victor, 1997.
20-second excerpt.

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