Yesterday marked the end of NovelRace and today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. Mahafreed Irani has written a great story in Times of India today about the two writing events. The story quotes Aditya, Samit, Vishal, Angad and me.
Blogger Ramya Pandyan who is better known as Idea-smithy in cyberspace, is writing a novel set in Mumbai that revolves around relationships after the advent of internet and connectivity” She completed 50,727 words on Friday. For her the race has been a learning experience.
“I intereacted with other writers, shared the anxieties a writer faces and learnt about the latest writing software available.” says the writer who is halfway through her novel.
So the very first exercise that gave me the push to start my first book, is over. My book is not yet complete but I’ve gone about halfway, which is really far more than I ever thought would happen. I’m still really excited about the story and am not going to give it now, having come this far.
Instead, to combat the fatigue I feel over the effort currently and also because NaNoWriMo begins today, I’m putting aside the book to begin another one. This one too, will be about the way people experience the Internet. But the story and approach are different. While my first book deals with how connectivity impacts relationships, the second looks at our individual experiences with the Internet. I’m just as excited about the second project, especially considering I only have a month to turn out the novel. November is going to be a quickie month. Wish me luck!!
Also joining the NaNoWriMo run are Aditya, Vishal, Aparna and Alpana. Pens on the ready, everyone!