Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Diving off the deep end


November is just around the corner, which means that National Novel Writing Month is about to begin.  If you're not familiar...it's the crazy attempt to write a 50,000 word "novel" in just thirty days.

Back in 2010, my library decided to host a series of events to encourage local writers to take on this great task with the hopes of identifying a community of like minded individuals to build additional services off of.  We hosted author panels and conversations to talk about the writing process and the woes of publishing.  We were cheerleaders, confidants, and brainstormers.  And it was fun!

Some of us also decided to dive off the deep end, get into the trenches with our patrons.  In 2010, I finished 50,000 words at 11:45pm on November 30th.  My novel was ridiculous and filled with personal anecdotes and inside jokes.  Despite how awful it was, I was proud of myself for sticking with it.

So when November 2011 rolled around I thought, what the heck...why not try it again.  By November 15th I'd hit my wall and had no idea where to take my characters.  So I killed them all off in an alien attack and kept the story going.  Sort of.  At 11:58pm on November 30th I submitted by 50,000 word novel into the NaNoWriMo website.  I couldn't have cut it any closer.

Life got in the way in 2012 and 2013, and I had to skip NaNo.  I thought I would miss it.  But I really didn't.  To finish your novel you have to write over 1,600 words a day which means that TV and reading time are non-existent.  I really enjoy my TV and reading time.  Which leaves me befuddled as to why I'm taking on this monumental task again.  On November 1st I'll be starting The Fairytale Princess Support Group, and hopefully by November 30th I will have written 50,000 slightly coherent words.

This means that I might be MIA for awhile.  Hopefully I'll be able to sneak in a book or two.  And I'll definitely be telling you all about my adventures at Yallfest, so I'll be around.

If you joining the legions attempting to write next month, come find me on the NaNo website.  I'm gnomegrlem59!

Wish me luck!

2 comments:

  1. wow! I'm impressed--and I thought I was doing good just blogging every day for a month.
    I'm curious....are these past novels of yours available to be read?? :)

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  2. And that, my friend, is the biggest obstacle of all. Having the bravery to show someone else what I write :) Maybe one day...cause I trust you to lie to me completely!

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