Eva and the Killjoys
In 2003, I participated in National Novel Writer's
Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This annual event was invented in 1998 and
has grown in popularity since then. The premise is for each participant
to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The challenge is
taken up by thousands each year, and their efforts are shared and bolstered by
an international support network:
I learned about NanoWriMo on November 2nd, 2003. I only decided to
participate in that year's challenge after several days had passed, meaning that
I had one less week to work than everyone else: my Week One was everyone else's
Week Two. As a result of this late start, compounded with the fact that
I just couldn't resist the temptation to take extra time and make my novel something
I could be proud of, I was unable to reach 50,000 words. I typed eight chapters
whose contents totalled 40,150 words at the sounding of the closing bell.
The novel, as such, is far from complete, but I present here what I did manage
to get done in November of 2003.