November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo…get it?). This is great information, because sometimes as a writer you need a little pressure. Okay, for me there needs to be a LOT of pressure and a huge time crunch. I’m sorry, it’s just the way I am.
So when this website – www.nanowrimo.org came along and said, “Hey you! Yeah. You! I see you just sitting on the couch there. I know you’re trying to pretend you’re super busy, but let’s face it. There is a lot of good TV on right now and you are glued to the couch!” …I was a bit embarrassed. Because you see, this website is all about helping you write a novel in November. 30 days of creative writing. 30 days of dealing with and pushing through writer’s block. 30 days to think “what the heck did I get myself into.” So I signed up in September and I’m just starting to get the reminders.
Jamie – NaNoWriMo is 20 days away. Have you thought about what you’re going to write?
In all honesty? No. I haven’t. I’m hoping I’ll just be fueled by pure inspiration with some good ol’ perspiration (but not too much). Why haven’t I thought about this yet? Because there is a lot of good TV on right now. But in my defense, I’m also trying to knit a couple of baby blankets. And while that seems highly entertaining, it really only occupies the smallest fraction of a thought process. Knit. Pearl. Knit. Pearl. Repeat. For 150 stitches on 200 or so rows.
Riveting, right? Well, it allows you to do two things. Get through a neat project AND stay up to date on your favorite shows. But yes, that does mean that some things have taken a back seat. One of which is any creative writing that I would like to get done. But I have to be done with my latest knitting project by early November. Which means I can take a month off to do something to get back into the swing of things.
So NaNoWriMo it is!
And in case you’re wondering, they’re not using the term “Novel” loosely. They define it as 50,000 words. This blog post is a little more than 431. And it took me 15 minutes. If I keep up this pace I can do this in 31 hours. So 30 days sounds like an okay time frame. As long as I do an hour a night. And don’t procrastinate!
I’m not going to be posting my drafts up here, but I hope to post updates. Trials, tribulations, bouts of pure genius. So stay tuned.