November Create Challenge: NaJoPoMo 2019

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November Create Challenge: NaJoPoMo

NaJoPoMo, November 2019 Create Challenge

It's that time again. NaJoPoMo. To review the history of this august h2g2 feature, we quote from last year's challenge, and the year before's, and the year before's:

In case you're new to this game, here's the story: back in 2011, Create got us all started in the endurance-writing business. Yes, there's something called NaNoWriMo, which stands for 'National Novel Writing Month'. But we didn't want to write novels, so h2g2 does journals. Hence NaJoPoMo. 'What's the 'Na' stand for?' you shout. 'What Nation are we?' Shut up in the back. We're h2g2 Nation, of course: renowned in the galaxy for our creativity, weirdness, and dedication to the proposition that if we write it, somebody will read it and make another bad pun.

Nobody likes change, right? So, after seven years of doing this, we're going to do it again, exactly the way we've been doing it.

  • We will explain the rules.
  • Many of you will ignore the rules.
  • We will ignore the ones who ignore the rules, and feature only the cooperative writers in the h2g2 Post.

So here's how it works:

  • If you only want your closest friends to read your journal – the one you're going to write every day for the month of November – then do what you usually do: write in your journal. The Post will not feature these journals, because it is technically impossible to link to them. People who don't want to see a junky convo list will unsubscribe. End of story.
  • If you do want other people to read what you wrote, make an A-space. That's a separate Entry page. Post the A-number in the handy thread below so that we can tell everyone about your new writing venture. Then either add your daily posts as threads at the bottom of your A-page, or add links to the A-page itself. The advantage to this method is that you end up with a beautiful archive of your month's work, and it becomes searchable on h2g2 – in other words, it's actually published. You can't get better than that.

This year, the Post is doing something different. Yeah, we know, it will all end in tears. Nonetheless: we are going to sponsor a group novel. The rules and setup are here. If you'd like to join the project, see the Post Editor, who is in charge of assigning parts. The novel-in-progress will be published in daily installments at the bottom of the page. If you've missed the first day or so, don't worry: we can still fit you in for the rest of the run.

So get busy and write, already! Post your links in the thread below.


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