Ben Scofield

me. still on a blog.

Na[X]WriMo

[[posterous-content:ICkAFbstaprzDIahdsEp]]We’re rapidly approaching November, which means that another NaNoWriMo is almost upon us. NaNo’s provided that last little push for tens of thousands of novelists over the past ten years. Given its success, I’m very excited to see that some people are experimenting with the format, and are trying to bring some of that inspiration to other disciplines. The most recent issue of the Pragmatic Programmersmagazine contains one of those experiments: PragProWriMo. Instead of 200k words of a novel, participants in PragProWriMo are asked to commit to writing 80 pages of a technical book. The scope’s a little smaller than NaNo, but it’s still a significant challenge for people willing to undertake it – and it could possibly result in some exciting new technical books down the road. There’s also been a bit of chatter on Twitter about something like a NaOSSWriMo – starting and releasing a substantial open source project in November. I’m really excited that people might undertake this challenge, as we’ve seen what talented individuals can do in two days before… what more could someone accomplish with thirty days of intense effort on a single project? So, if you’ve got the time in November, why don’t you rise to the challenge of one of these projects? Or, if you’ve got something else in mind, start posting about it now, since you never know who else might get excited by it and join you for the month.