The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Why NaNoWriMo?

     It's less than a month away from NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month. The chance to write a fifty-thousand-word pile of a hot steaming mess novel in one single month. And hey!  It's done during one of the shorter months, which only adds to the frenzied fun.

     Two years ago I crashed and burned in less than a week. Last year, I ended up with a piece of work that will never ever be seen by another human being that is not quite ready to be revised. This year, I'm more hopeful.

      A fellow WWWP, Lynn, has done NaNoWriMo several years. Currenly, she is working on revising one of her novels. It's warm and moving and full of voice.  It's not a steaming pile of excrement far different from my last attempt. Lynn's work makes me hopeful.

      So, if you've never done it, here are ten six reasons to do NaNoWriMo:

1.  You develop some writerly habits during the process. You need to average so many words each day, so the ol' "butt in chair" is a mantra you mumble every day.

2.  You develop trust within those 30 days. Oh, not trust like, "Everyone will pitch in and help out around the house/yard, because, you know, I'm writing a novel this month." No, that probably ain't gonna happen. But if you leap out and take the risk, with just the beginning idea, you can trust that if your story has legs, the novel will evolve and grow and probably surprise you as you write it.

3.  When you're done, you can print up your manuscript...it can be used as a wonderful paperweight.

4.  You will be secure in the knowledge that you are part of an international movement. People all over the world are doing the same thing you are.

5.  This might get you out of having to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Try practicing this several times in the mirror--check your facial expression--before you say it to your family and friends:  "I don't think I will be able to cook the turkey and dressing and sweet potato casserole and all the other dishes this year--I'm swamped right now writing my novel. I'll probably just make a quick grilled cheese sandwich, so I can get right back to writing." This might snag you an invitation to someone else's house for the holiday meal...And if your spouse and kids sniffle and whine a bit, they might get invited, too.

6. You can get some cool blog bling, like this:



          How about you? Are you doing NaNo this year? And if not, what can you add to my list of six reasons? (Already I need help to pad my word count...)

8 comments:

  1. I'm thinking you should write HOW TO for writers. I may trackle this one this year.

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    1. I hope you do, Linda. You've got another book in you, I know it.

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  2. I'm out this year. I already have two paperweights awaiting full revision, and the fam didn't let me off the hook for turkey day. Maybe next year. :) P.S. LOVE the Golden calendar. It arrived quickly and the photos are beautiful. It was worth every penny.

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    1. Thanks for supporting Love a Golden Rescue, Lisa. I'm glad you like it. I hope to help you appear in the 20th anniversary CS book. I'm going to remain hopeful...

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  3. I wonder how many poems I could get out of 50,00 words . . .

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    1. As tightly as you write, MZ, probably 10,000 poems.

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  4. I'm still debating about the NaNo... you give me hope because... errr... well... there's still a lot to do with that thing you're calling a novel.

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    1. Yes! Yes! Yes! Finally, you're getting it...

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