Later, the webcomic NaNoWriMo
Submitted by El Santo on October 30, 2009 - 14:30
November is NaNoWriMo month! Even if you aren’t one of those starry-eyed hopefuls churning away at putting out a 50k novel, there are many other ways to challenge yourself. Heck, maybe we should just rename the month “National Challenge Yourself Month” (NaChaYouMo), no?
There’s a blog version of NaNoWriMo, for example, that challenges bloggers to write 50k words in a month. (Which is a far, FAR easier task than the novel thing.)
And then there’s Darcie Frederick of Later, Watch The World End. Darcie has taken on the challenge of writing a new strip of her comic for each day of the month for a total of 30 new strips at the end. She writes: “The concentrated time will, I hope, push me further artistically.”
Frankly, I think it’s a great idea, and more useful than writing a novel that, in a compressed time frame, will likely turn out terrible. Thirty pages in quick succession, which is close to what folks at Marvel and DC churn out in a month, have a better chance of turning out to be good.
Anyway, I browsed through Later, and it’s a very serene and contemplative look at a post-apocalyptic world where folks wander through the sparse, moody landscapes in utter loneliness. It’s definitely different and worth checking out.