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NaNoWriMo!


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That’s right folks, its NaNoWriMo time!! No its not time for some crazy Japanimation film festival or a seminar on nano remotes and no it wasnt supposed to be written as “Nah, no remote.” For those of you that dont know (I didnt until my genius roommate learned me) November is “National Novel Writing Month” or “NaNoWriMo” for short. The slogan is “30 days and 30 nights of literary abandon.” I love it!

One item on my “life list” from way back in 2000, which I cant believe I havent published here yet, is to write a novel/book. No cheesy romance with Fabio on the front caressing his trusty steed, hair flittering in the howling winds of seduction…nope! Not this guy. Dont know what Im going to write about, but Im going to write “it” anyway. Whatever “it” may be. I remember Jax telling me about this book months ago, and I shouldve already read it, but summer got in the way. All that sand, swimming, pretending I can surf, sun, and more sand got in the way. If I would have already read “No Plot, No Problem!” I would have known what to do by now. But this is not the case and though hindsight is 20/20 I cannot dwell on it. Now its just time to get started. Im already 2 days behind which really means three since I am going to fall asleep on my keyboard here soon. Tomorrow is a new day, a day full of IAVA office work, Crossfit, then writing my novela!

Here’s the gist of it all straight from the site. Maybe you get involved too? Get your creative juices flowing?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap (love this!). And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children (love this even more!).

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