There are two great opportunities coming for Architects to express creativity in a new way – writing. Specifically, writing great stories about Architects and Architecture.
There are a thousand untold stories of Architecture. These stories won’t write themselves. And we know what happens when others try to tell our stories. One of the foundational lessons for new writers is to “write what you know.”
Come on, write what you know! Let’s tell the Thousand Stories of Architecture!
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Every November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately called “NaNoWriMo.” Hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the planet attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. (When I say “novel” I really mean a very rough draft. Calling the 50K words banged out in a month a “novel” is akin to calling a roll of trash paper sketches, doodles, and notes a “building.” Either initial effort requires a lot of research, collaboration, editing, and further drafts to become a finished product suitable for public enjoyment. But I’ve digressed…)
My main point is that NaNoWriMo is an exciting and challenging creative exercise. If you complete the 50,000 words (and confirm them on the official site before midnight on November 30th) you “win” NaNoWriMo. (And being a Novelist is even better at parties than being an Architect.)
I plan to attempt NaNoWrimo again this year (my first two “wins” are covered [HERE] and [HERE]) and I’d be glad to answer any questions you have if you want to write a great architecturally themed novel.
Fairy Tales – Architectural Storytelling Competition
“Architectural Storytelling” is a new phenomenon. I’ve blogged a good deal about it and was pleased to see that Blank Space was into it as well. They’ve crafted this competition, “Fairy Tales” where Architects and others are invited to create a design and narrative, supported by five graphic boards, to tell a “fairy tale” about our beloved field.
So here’s a plan. Tackle NaNoWriMo in November and work on your Fairy Tales submission in December. We’ll change the world with great Architectural Storytelling! ~ Or at least have a good time being creative.
(Personally, I’m seeking someone with great graphic design skills to collaborate with on the Fairy Tale competition. Let me know if you’re interested.)