NaNoWriMo Entry 2013 (No. 2)

2 Nov

Somebody told me about this initiative called NaNoWriMo. So I looked up ‘NaNo’ in the dictionary. Apparently, it doesn’t have a capital letter in the middle of it. I also found out that it means ‘one billionth’. That’s incredibly small, isn’t it? Guessing that the ‘WriMo’ bit of it stood for ‘write more’, I wrote 50,000 words in a few hours then made them really tiny (see below). As you can imagine, writing all of those words in such a short space of time, they were actually garbage. But the beauty of NaNo writing is that it’s so very small no one can see just how bad it is. It’s a great idea. I recommend it to anyone who’s planning on becoming an accomplished writer of fiction. Forget contemplative reflection and careful crafting of your work. Writing isn’t for pleasure, is it? It’s a necessary evil to be got out of the way as quickly as humanly possible. So now you know the secret – write fast, write small. Look out for the pocket edition of my forthcoming book, How to Write a Novel without Really Trying (and Fifty Other Useless Tips). You’ll need an electron microscope to find it, though.

nano book

All text and image  PSR 2013



6 Responses to “NaNoWriMo Entry 2013 (No. 2)”

  1. MizMeliz November 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm #


    • Paul Sutton Reeves November 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Melissa and thanks.

      I perhaps find the proposition that a novel can be crafted in a month a tiny bit annoying…

      • MizMeliz November 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

        I got that. I see it as an exercise. It’s not for everyone. I hate exercise, but I like to try it now and then.

      • Paul Sutton Reeves November 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

        Fair enough – if it works for some people then that’s great for them. I still can’t help feeling, though, that the concept is symptomatic of a wider cultural malaise, to employ a truism.

      • MizMeliz November 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

        Thus, the nanoscale!

  2. Paul Sutton Reeves November 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm #


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