How to Begin and Complete November 2017’s NaNoGenMo

November is mostly known for Thanksgiving in the USA, Black Friday, and Movember/Novembeard, where people intentionally grow facial hair to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

For writers, it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

The general idea of NaNoWriMo is that you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That doesn’t include editing or anything…this is just your first draft. It’s up to you what you do with it after that.

I’ve always wanted to participate, but never really set out the time. I love writing, even fiction, but I’m not huge on writing novels. I’m more of a short story kind of guy.

But I found something else.

I hang out a lot in a Slack group called Cyberpunk Futurism. It was started by Sonya Mann of Exolymph and is now run by Way Spurr-Chen of Glitchet.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Way in Austin a few weeks ago in a bar hidden behind a book case.

Someone in that Slack group had posted NaNoGenMo. There are a lot of programmers in a group focused on cyberpunk and futurism, and despite there being a few writers as well, this fits our group a little better.

The idea behind this is simple: generate a 50,000 word novel.

It could be the same word over and over again, or it could be a completely new novel generated by your own custom built algorithm.

How to Get Started

Open an issue on this repo and declare your intent to participate. You may continually update the issue as you work over the course of the month. Feel free to post dev diaries, sample output, etc.

How to Complete NaNoGenMo 2018

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do. I’m starting a 10 week web design class this month, so I was considering just grabbing 50,000 words and spending more time on the styling.

But I was also thinking of taking a look at what makes up a good sentence in the English language, and then generating 50,000 words worth of sentences.

I’ll update the “My Progress” section below with what I build this month.

My Progress

November 7th: Writing this blog post and brainstorming.

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