November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo). For those of you who are unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo started as a challenge to write a fiction novel in the month of November. A novel being defined as 50,000 words. It still primarily is, however, participants doing something else (non-fiction, memoir, poetry, songwriting, etc.) were and are considered 'rebels'. My first NaNoWriMo was in 2014 and I approached it with the intent to write a sort of songbook with a few pages or so each of the stories behind the song, which made me a 'rebel' right from the start. The NaNoWriMo forum to me is overwhelming however the challenge is split into regions and I mainly limited socialization to the regional forum. In the middle of November 2014 and into 2015 that concept morphed into a sort of memoir, and to include some of my paintings and the stories behind them. By 2016 I had abandoned that project and was writing short stories tied loosely around the idea of a dystopian future society run by one large tech company and a tech geek revolutionary inventing a time machine to bring Johnny Cash to write the soundtrack and song songs for the revolution. It was fun making up their adventures along the way. By 2017 I decided to just write songs. In 2018 the 50,000 words requirement was allowed to be replaced by some sort of creative equivalent and thats what I have done with songwriting in NaSoAlMo. 2018 and 2019 I still liked to go to the write-ins, write lyrics during word sprints, soak in the creative atmosphere, and hang out with the cool and quirky writer kids.
Here is a link for anyone interested: https://nanowrimo.org
NaSoAlMo is literally a solo challenge to write and record 29 minutes and nine seconds of original music in the month of November. Also for the writer to play all the instruments and do all of the recording and production. There is a Facebook group which has some activity, a Reddit which has little, but nowhere near the level of participation and forum that we see here in 50/90. As a result it is much more of a solitary challenge. While lo-fi is permitted, and almost encouraged, in my experience since 2012 many put a lot of effort into the production and many of the finished albums and EP's get posted to places like Bandcamp. The website is really just for signing up and reporting album completion. Posting a link to the recordings is optional. Each year I have managed to meet/exceed the 29 minutes goal and in some years I averaged a song a day.
Here is a link for anyone interested: https://nasoalmo.org
This year I plan to do both though I may be nearer 30 minutes than a song a day (around 100 minutes) in NaSoAlMo and still a rebel hanging out in NaNoWriMo. I know some fellow 5090'ers have done either or both in the past in fact that is how I found out about both challenges. Is anyone else planning to do either NaSoAlMo or NaNoWriMo?