NaNoWriMorphology

Welcome to the NaNoWriMo neologisms of the day that I have come up with so far, as part of my daily log on writing a novel during the month of November.

Don’t get me wrong. I am utterly serious about writing this novel, even though I started two days late, and have missed one day since in order to fulfil obligations towards my primary passion as a freelance translator.

That means that the attendance register says I only rocked up for 5 days out of 8. With 23 days to go, it is reasonable to assume I shall be absent for at least another 3 days. In other words, I will have only written my novel on 22 of the 30 days available. I am beginning to giggle nervously, because these sobering facts must be considered against the background of my having no preparatory material whatsoever prior to embarking on this venture.

Although serious about the novel, I need to have a bit of fun too. I hope you enjoy nonsense, because that is what follows. Individual diary entries, entitled “Mnah-mnah Day X” can be found under my NaNoWriMo_2012 page above.

I shall add each neologism here as the days go by.

Emphatic warning: All of this is utter, spontaneous BS and should not be taken seriously. There is no hope for you if you do.

3. nanowrimogrified, adj. the state achieved if one does not maintain a proper posture as a participant in NanoWriMo.

4. nanowrimotion, n. rapid movement of fingers across a keyboard for a sustained, uninterrupted period of time while writing a novel, thus causing one’s mouse to go into hibernation mode.

5. nanowrimoth-eaten, 1. adj. state one discovers certain regions of one’s grey matter to be in through lack of regular cerebral exercise required for the writing of novels.

6. nanowrimonument, 1. n. any structure whether real or imagined which stands at the end of a working day which emits a message throughout to the effect that you have a fat chance of even getting close to said structure before midnight.

7. nanowrimordant, 1. n. a permanently off-colour, fiery and stubborn character in a novel who gets to say all the nasty things most people wish they had the guts to utter, but do not.

8. nanowrimodification, 1. n. the act of inserting descriptions of the physical attributes of one’s characters in already written material once one realises that such descriptions have hitherto been almost entirely lacking.

9. nanowrimolecule, 1. n. detailed description of very small things because no one else in the world has a magnifying glass quite like yours.

10. nanowrimocha, 1. n. warm beverage consisting of fine coffee and a hint of chocolate sometimes imbibed by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere while novel-writing in November; any homemade approximation thereto.

11. nanowrimosaic, 1. n. resultant effect once one has completed a description of the interior decoration of a room featuring in any novel one attempts to write in November.

12. nanowrimoss, 1. n. dense cluster of cryptogamous green stuff of the class Musci, often found on old stone walls in country lanes which indirectly gives rise to the writing of mediocre poems instead of bad novels.

13. nanowrimoderato, 1. n. the pace at which people with busy lives write novels in November, especially on fine sunny days when the laundry box is full and rain is predicted in the days ahead.

14. nanowrimostly, 1. adv. the day mostly nothing happens on the novel-writing scene, but life is still quite grand.

15. Not a single word sprung into existence around here.

16. nanowrimonetarily motivated, 1. adj. state of mind of the writer when work is chosen over the pleasure of writing, mainly because money, and not words, is what the landlord wants.

17. nanowrimomentous, 1. adj. the only description to do justice to a feeling of liberation from certain shackles imposed by a previous life in a distant land, combined with the constant wonder at how now is always the best place to be (definition needs work, but is no Wiki stub).

18. nanowrimotoring, 1. n. the pleasurable drive along country lanes and tracks in the wildnerness elicited by some crazy idea that one can write a whole novel in the elapsed time of one month.

Allison

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