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Saturday, October 31, 2009

NaNoWriMo


It is official! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo! I'm so excited (and scared to death). If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, click the icon above to check it out. It's National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write a 50K word novel in 30 days. Totally doable (I keep telling myself). Did you know I'm a wanna-be writer? It's true. I've written 4 unfinished novels (one of them is more than 70K words!). I have stories running around in my head, characters talking (no, I'm not crazy) who get up to all sorts of shenanigans, but I always let them down. I also have a notebook with outlines for at least 5 more novels. What is wrong with me? Why am I not finishing? Well, I don't know, but this year, I'm challenging myself to finish one. In a month! To be fair 50K words really isn't that many. I know what you're thinking (it's true, I can read your brain waves through the interwebs): WHAT? 5oK words? That's a lot. Sure it is, but it's not as if I have to write something War and Peace long, you know? And the first draft (which is what I will be writing in Nov) doesn't even have to be that good (though mine will rock). This little bit above is already 220 words and that took less than 3 minutes to write out. To reach 50K, I have to write just 1667 words a day. I speak that many before breakfast, surely I can write something, right? I actually do have a story plotted out, so I'm not going into this blind. I'll try to keep you guys updated on my progress (because I know you'll be checking your computer every day just to see how I'm doing, right? RIGHT?) and hopefully in a month, I'll have cranked out my first completed novel. Is anyone else participating? If you are, make me your buddy. I only have 2 buddies, and well, let's be honest, a real writer should have more. You can buddy me here. Cross your fingers and send me anti-writer's block vibes.<--lookie there, 341 words. I am so going to do this!


5 comments:

Mandy said...

This is such a fabulous idea! If I didn't spend my entire day running after my 11 month old I would do it. Maybe next year...good luck!`

satakieli said...

You're making me nervous, I still don't have anything planned out. Off to the library this afternoon to search for inspiration.

I'm real good at leaving things until the last minute.

Samantha the ArmyWife said...

Good luck!! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow! That sounds like a great goal to have. :) I have all kinds of stories in my head, but don't know that I'd be able to stretch them into a novel. Good luck!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Wow! Good luck with it! I thought about participating but with the holidays and my upcoming trip I don't think I'd be able to finish it in time. I hope you're able to get your word count everyday!!!!

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