I’m gonna hack me a book


Always wanted to write me a book. But too scared. Too paralyzed. What will I write about? How do I start? I don’t know HOW to write a book.

Then came NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Who knew?

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.


Sounds very much like the premise behind Hack Day. Unfettered innovation, only this time in a literary sense.

I’m SO going to try this. 🙂

Oh, and by the way, Hack Day(+4) is this Friday, October 26. I’ve got the room reserved, food laid in, and music lined up. I’m going to be running a blogging tutorial in the afternoon. I’ve got a hack lined up that will keep me busy for the rest of the day. So I’m almost over not getting to do Hack Night at CASCON and the blogging panel at ASIS&T. It would have meant being quadruple-booked anyway.

4 thoughts on “I’m gonna hack me a book

  1. I love this idea. Some family members have done it for a few years, and it can be fun. The best thing is that Sister Mary Editorial on my shoulder is silenced! (Even when Anthony Burgess came to our school, and gave a talk on writing: “You write and write, and then you look at what you wrote. And you realize it’s a piece of sh-t. So what, keep going!” the internal editor always had a strong gate)
    And everyone is working on POS’s of their own.
    After hacking up the hairball of 175 pp, it’s something to be sculpted later. Editing is easy, writing is hard.

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