Friday, November 06, 2009

Ten Songs On A Thought: NaNoWriMo Edition

For those of you who don't know why I've been neglecting my blog lately, it's partially because I am really trying to get some personal business in order (substitute teaching license, graduate school applications, etc.) but also largely because this year I am, for the first time, participating in NaNoWriMo.

Now, you may not know what NaNoWriMo is. Conveniently, I will now tell you. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is held each November. The goal is to write a novel (at least 50,000 words), start to finish, during the month of November. What I think is really a novel concept (no pun intended) is that the emphasis is not on producing quality work or rather, is not concerned with achieving immediate quality. The idea of the process is to get the words on page and really hammer it out so that at the end of the month you can say you're officially a novelist and then you have a wealth of raw material to work with.

I have never written a novel before. I have written a lot of moderately successful poetry (I've even been published a few times, which is nice) and I have also done some work with short stories, but it is really nice to have a specific reason to discipline myself and write this novel. As of right now, I am exactly 7,864 words in and I'm hoping to surpass 10,000 by the end of tomorrow. I don't know why I decided to take this on during such a busy month, but in a way, it is helping me focus and juice up my creativity so I can be more successful at other pursuits.

In any event, I think it's a really exciting organization. It's definitely worthwhile to encourage artistic creation for the sake of creativity and enrichment of human experience. If you would like to donate to this organization and help not only fuel this cause but also support their Young Writers Program, please go here.

In honor of my NaNoWriMo pursuits, this week's "Ten Songs On A Thought" features "Songs for Writing a Novel in Thirty Days" and I have encouraged other such folks to leave their thoughts. I encourage you to leave yours as well...any suggestion just might help power me through a couple hundred more words. For those who don't already know, the goal is to come up with the first ten songs that come to your head on the topic without an eye for editing or placement...kind of like a NaNoWriMo novel, no?


  1. Pass This On - The Knife listen
  2. Cast A Hook - Laura Veirs listen
  3. Heartless - Kanye West listen
  4. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie listen
  5. How Low - Jose Gonzalez listen
  6. The Wrote & The Writ - Johnny Flynn listen
  7. Horse & I - Bat For Lashes listen
  8. There There - Radiohead listen
  9. Just Like Honey - The Jesus & Mary Chain listen
  10. Swansea - Joanna Newsom listen
Note: I can't contextually explain the Kanye either, but according to iTunes, I've listened to it four times since beginning this process. And iTunes never lies.


krebscout said...

I have some friends doing it, too. And by friends I mean some people who read this thing that I write for, and they have a message board to discuss the thing that I write for, and on that message board I read that they were doing this.

Ruliann said...

1. Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
2. Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life
3. Beck - Lost Cause
4. Nick Drake - Which Will
5. Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
6. Maurice Ravel - Pavane for a Dead Princess
7. Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings
8. Yann Tiersen - La Dispute
9. Peter Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
10. Ludwig Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 8 (Pathetique) 2nd Mvt. Adagio Cantabile

Ah, I almost missed my Ten Songs submission! Um...sorry it's pretty much all classical, but I find that it's the best genre to get those essay-writing juices flowing.