Maaike - La femme qui rêvasse (silentreverie) wrote,
Maaike - La femme qui rêvasse

To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo? That is the question...

I've had such a good time doing NaNoWriMo last year that I really would like to do it again this year, but I fear the timing is even worse than last year. There are several other, more important, projects I really should be focusing on (like learning Chinese!), instead of writing a novel... But I have such a good idea for a new story this year! I'm actually looking forward to sitting down and working on this idea, but I guess it's going to have to wait for a while. I'm sort of assuming I will have much more free time once I'm in China in a few months (less working hours and definitely less time going back and forth to work), so it's probably a better idea to move the novel writing forward a few months. Despite it being much more fun in November...

So despite it being an extremely difficult and boring decision: no proper NaNoWriMo for me this year. I will however embark on an alternative project that matches my other priorities at the moment and keeps the spirit of NaNoWriMo: I am going to write something in Chinese. Obviously not a novel, as my Chinese currently consists of "My name is Maaike" and "I like China", so 50,000 words is completely out of the question. But perhaps a text incorporating the things I've learned so far and will learn in the next couple of weeks? I think 500 words should be doable. That's only 17 words per day. Maybe it can even be a very simple short story. Maybe it can even have the same basic plot as the novel I have in mind. We'll see!

So here is my challenge for National Novel Writing Month: write 500 words in Chinese between November 1st and November 30th, that form a somewhat coherent text. I will post the full story here on December 1st (with the translation). It's on!
Tags: china, nanowrimo
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