Write 30 sketches in 30 days. Easy as pie. Have you ever tried eating 30 slices of pie in 30 minutes? Sounds like fun, until some point after your fourth slice.
The website has been updated, to support the idea of NaSkeWriMo happening every year. I probably should have foreseen the need for this feature last year, or the year before. Regardless, now you can see past records from 2008 and 2009 as well as keep track of sketches you write for NaSkeWriMo 2010. And, even if I get hit by a bus in the next twelve months, the website will automatically turn over again for NaSkeWriMo 2011.
Note that the website address is new, sorta. For very boring reasons the domain nationalsketchwritingmonth.com is no longer under our control. naskewrimo.org always worked as a shortcut, now it’s the main address. So spread the word for people who still might be trying to find the site at its old address.
We had 23 writers in 2008 and 65 writers in 2009. Can we break 100 writers this year? (To count as a writer, you need to write at least one sketch.) I think we can! Then again, I’m an optimist.
Anyone who wants to be a writer should do this. Hell, I’ll go one further and say anyone who feels like they wish they were more productive/creative in their spare time should do this.
I did this last year and I wrote 30 sketches. I didn’t quite do one a day, and had to sometimes do 2 or 3 to catch up, but when it was all said and done I wrote 30 sketches, and I liked a lot more of them then I expected.
In fact 6 of them I was able to rewrite and have put up on stage or made videos out of. That’s pretty good considering that at this time last year I usually wrote zero sketches a month.
I’ve realized one of my biggest problems is just pre-judging stuff I want to write. So I won’t even get past the idea phase. Well writing under such a tight deadline made me stop that. And then I realized I didn’t have that many ideas. Well, when I need to write a sketch every day all of a sudden 1/2 ideas, or barely any idea all of a sudden feel like plenty of inspiration.