Exercises in NaNoWriMo

1 Nov 2010

Over the course of November, many aspiring writers, and current writers who want to flex their authorial muscles, will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Their shared target is to write 50,000 words in thirty days, in the hope of having the bulk of a serviceable, editable novel by the end of it.

Now that QlL is planning to publish all 99 Exercises in Song on the site by the end of the year, it seems logical that, with around forty to go, we should at least align ourselves with the magnum opus that is the combined might of NaNoWriMo, even if (a) some of these exercises have already been written and (b) NaNoWriMo unfortunately doesn't itself provide space for such Oulipian experimentation as we're indulging in.

To that end, we intend to release an as-yet unpublished Exercise in Song every day in November 2011, making thirty more Exercises in Song available here by the end of the month. We've still got a lot of writing to do, so it'll keep us busy, but it's a great excuse to knuckle down and be ready to hit the December 31 deadline.

So keep coming back to Quiet little Lies throughout November (or subscribe to the Exercises in Song RSS feed) to indulge in your daily bout of mental exercise; it should keep you alert and motivated as the nights lengthen and winter descends!