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Last year, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the 30 days of November.
I loved it. I wrote “Ephemeral,” a novel I consider to be my most grown-up, I’m-actually-a-novelist novel yet. Plus, it made me realize that even while working a full-time job (and even in the midst of changing jobs), I can average 1,666.66667 words a day, without even losing sleep. It was amazing.
The best thing about NaNoWriMo? — Chris Baty, the director, who sends funny emails to encourage you.
The best thing I got from NaNoWriMo? — My third complete 1st draft of a novel.
This year, I didn’t have a novel in mind, but now I’m considering one that I found in my ideas pile, tentatively titled “Habitas.” Also in the running is the 2nd installment of my Zini series, which keeps intruding when I try to write the first one.
So, a challenge: Write a novel in a month!
Wow. That is quite a challenge and one that very few could meet. I applaud you! I love Zini so I'm hoping she will win out. I, myself have trouble with the self-discipline of getting my butt in the chair to write so I will not be dong this…but I will cheer you on and take you out for a celebratory drink on Dec 1st!
I'll take that drink, if Dec 1 ever happens!
Today I was planning to work on character sketches and an outline, but instead I have done nothing but read 50 pages of a book called Biocentricism, and consider regretting getting a laser treatment. Now, both my skin and my brain hurt, and I'm no closer to being ready for NaNoWriMo.
Oh, Susan! You are one of the most dastardly dedicated folk I know. You have, like, superpowers when it comes to commitment.
I didn't even comment on Fallow Through because I'm such a weak-headed baldness when it comes to shouting out a whole bunch of definite goals and then deciding it's much more fulfilling to just go take a nap.