Friday, October 29, 2010

NaNoWriMo

I may have mentioned before that my friend Vicki at Glitterfrog motivated me to join NaNoWriMo. Now, I’m freaking out. 50,000 is a hell of a lot of words! I mean I can write that many words but can I write that many words, in a row, that make sense, in 30 days? Am I the only one who sees large quantities of wine in my future?


So, I want to throttle thank Vicki for motivating me to do something productive. If you are not familiar with it, NaNoWriMo is all about output. It’s a time to put aside our search for writing perfection and just get words on paper. No editing, no rewriting, just let it all out for 30 days. This is supposed to take some of the pressure to write a “perfect” novel off of us. I’m starting to get excited, even though I’m still giving Vicki a hard time for getting me into this.


I will truly be flying by the seat of my pants. Other people on the discussion boards have an outline, a title, cover art. Me, I kind of have an idea and the first sentence. The rest I will be just as surprised about as everyone else because that’s the way I write.


I once told someone that for me writing is uncontrollable compulsion to get these words off the ends of my fingers. I have no idea what a story is about until it is being written. When I write it I am also reading it for the first time. Who knows where this can take me.

I’m excited but I’m also concerned. I mean, come on, it’s freaking November! Have they forgotten that Christmas starts in November? The tree needs to go up, presents need to be wrapped, cards addressed, the house decorated. I’m getting nervous just thinking about it.

I have to be ready because I am the world’s best procrastinator. I should get a medal or something. Trust me if I can find something to do to put off writing this novel I will.

The reasons will be many:

Oh, I’ll just write a blog, just a quick, short one.- I’m writing all my November posts now to prevent this.
I need to plan Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner- I’m planning all of that- right now!
The bathroom needs to be cleaned, I’ll just do that first- I’m scrubbing the house from top to bottom.
The tree needs to go up, house needs to be decorated- I’m turning that over to Mo.
Christmas cards need to be addressed- Guess what? They are addressed and even stamped!
I’m currently reading three books at once because I can’t let myself read in November or I’ll never write!
Laundry needs to be done- this one I haven’t figured out, I think there is gonna be a whole lotta naked going on in November, guess we’ll just turn the heat up.


As I discover things I know I will use to procrastinate I am trying to get them done and over with, my house is getting winterized better this year than ever, because I know, one little piece of weatherstripping can cause this whole thing to come undone!

Wish me luck, although I won’t be actively posting I will be rewarding myself for reaching my goals every day and the reward I’ve chosen is reading all my friends blogs.

50,000 words divided by 30 days equals 1,666.66 words per day. Wish me luck!

6 comments:

  1. Good luck! You seriously wouldn't want to read what would come out of my fingertips if I were to commit to that! And y'all think I'm random now....

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  2. I have faith in you....you can do this and do it good...good luck...

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  3. Good luck Carol! This sounds fun and challenging! I know you can do it!

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  4. i always thought your mouth was a relief valve to release all the wierd stuff that backs up in your head. so stream of conscious typing should be a productive outlet for you and fun reading for us. Michael :)

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  5. It's something I couldn't do and admire you for going for it.

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  6. Woo hoo, I am so envious and proud of you for doing this. Good luck, have fun. Get those words off the ends of your fingers!!!

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