TeaNoWriMo Update

Well, it’s been a week, so I thought I should report on how Teachers Novel Writing Month is progressing. I think I can sum the week up in one short video-

I had an idea in mind for a novel about a sleeper colony ship arriving at a new world and the problems that entailed, but apparently I was no where near as ready to write it as I thought I was. This turned into a lesson in the need for more pre-writing and less pantsing on my part. Sigh. I basically got started, hit a snag, and then spent the week trying to overcome the suddenly bout of writer’s block.

So, I think writing a new novel from scratch is out. However, as I have a few other projects that need finishing, I’ll just work on them instead and toss those onto the word-count meter to see how many words I can push out this month instead.

And next time, I won’t try something like this without a solid game plan. :-/


Teachers Novel Writing Month

I hereby declare July as TeaNoWriMo! Which, despite what you may think, doesn’t mean you have to drink 50,000 cups of tea in July. Instead it stands for Teachers Novel Writing Month.

You see, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which has become hugely popular each year, has an inherent flaw- it’s biased against teachers! If you’re a teacher, especially at High School or Post-Secondary level, November is actually your hell month as you fall under waves of marking for exams, texts, projects, and all manner of assignments. As a result, it’s very difficult for we teachers to participate in NaNoWriMo, and each year I feel totally left out. 🙁

So, instead lets have a teacher-friendly alternative! Generally speaking, Teachers have July and August off. August tends to be spent prepping for September, so that’s out, but July is a solid month where teachers have nothing but free time! So let’s make good use of that time and get out that novel you were always dreaming of writing!

Who’s with me?

My goal this July is to write 50,000 words of my next novel. I’m not sure what it will be yet (got a couple to choose from), but I’m going to dedicate myself to writing those words this July come hell or high water! (Zombie Apocalypse might slow things down, though…)

I will post my novel word count each week here on my blog, so people can see how far I’ve gotten. I also encourage my fellow teachers to also take up the challenge and give it a go! When you have this much free time, 1612 words a day should be easy. So be like Nike, and Just Do It!

Non-teachers are also welcome! TeaNoWriMo doesn’t discriminate!

If people want to post their totals in the comments sections as we go, go ahead! Misery loves company! Let’s make this a productive summer that we can all remember, because it looks like the movies are gonna suck! So what else are you gonna do?