mrsveteran (mrsveteran) wrote,

NaNoWriMo my Ass

I am, personally, against joining stuff like NaNoWriMo. I would tell you that it's because I am a nonconformist, and simply do not find interest in tagging along behind the common crowd. I must be free -- free to live my own wild and eccentric life! Because that's how I roll, baby.

But since we're all friends here, I can admit that there's really no point in me joining something like NaNoWriMo because ... well, I pretty much have a short attention span and can only remain excited about a project for so long before it turns into "typing time."

This happens with programming as much as it does with novel-writing, actually. I'll have an idea for a program, and write a sort of outline of the code that looks kind of like:




# This is where we take the numbers that the user put in the form
sub take_numbers_from_user {
# Then calculate pi
sub calculate_pi {
# Then show them the results
sub show_results {

Once I've got that, I figure out what *actual* code will be needed to make it work, find out whether or not I can make it work at all, and if so ... that's pretty much it for me. After that it's not programming or creating, it's just typing. And that's boring. So it's like pulling teeth to get myself to finish the damn thing. But I didn't come here to talk about coding, I came to talk about writing. In regards to which, I don't do novels.

So, for those of you who are, like me, personally against long-term commitments like NaNoWriMo, I present NaBloPoMo, or, National Blog Posting Month, in which the idea is to post at least once every day in November. Since I, of course, am above such things, I haven't read the rules enough to know if meme-posting counts, but you can go check it out. If nothing else, you can limit yourself to "Hi, I'm still alive" posts rather than attemping to knock out tens of thousands of words on the same topic.

(I would also like to point out to the comedically inclined that "NaBloPoMo" is funnier than "NaNoWriMo" due to the inclusion of not just "Blo" but also "Po." NaNoWriMo gets geek points for "Nano," but let's face it: "WriMo" does doesn't even make it into the semi-finals for the tryouts in the Funny Words Olympics, whereas "BloPo" is, I daresay, almost up there with "mukluk.")

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Tags: misc, nanoblopo, nanowrimo

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