Stress and self-doubt become a sustained malaise during NaNoWriMo, so why do writers bother?

Every November, I attempt the National Novel Writing Month challenge (dubbed “NaNoWriMo” for fans of torturous portmanteaus). The goal: to write 50,000 words towards a single work of fiction in just 30 days.

I have had varying degrees of success.

In my first year, I won the challenge, writing essentially…

The 2002 International Oscar Showdown features A Beautiful Mind versus No Man’s Land
The 74th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were A Beautiful Mind and No Man’s Land

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 2003 International Oscar Showdown features Chicago versus Nowhere In Africa
The 75th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Chicago and Nowhere In Africa

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 2004 International Oscar Showdown features The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Barbarian Invasions
The 76th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and The Barbarian Invasions

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

International Oscar Showdown 2005 features Million Dollar Baby versus The Sea Inside
The 77th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 78th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Crash and Tsotsi

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 79th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were The Departed and The Lives Of Others

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 80th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were No Country For Old Men and The Counterfeiters

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

The 81st Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Slumdog Millionaire and Departures

Bong Joon Ho’s movie Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.

In this series, in reverse chronological order, I compare previous years’ Best Picture and Best International Feature to see how many other foreign-language films ought to have been given…

Tim Kimber

Writer of stories, movie reviews, and sundry other whims. Also a sub-editor, so you are welcome to shout at me about typos.

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