I’m going to apologize right now, in advance, for the blogs I will be posting in November. They might be short (does a one word entry count as a blog?), or they might make little sense (although I could say that about some of my existing entries), or they could be full of grammatical and/or punctuation errors. I’m so sorry! I promise it won’t be forever!
Blame it on NaNoWriMo, okay?
Ah! What was that? What is NaNoWriMo? Thank you for asking! NaNoWriMo is short for…
National Novel Writing Month
nanowrimo.org, describes it as
a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
In essence, participants have 30 days (the entire month of November) to write 50,000 words of a “lengthy work of fiction”, i.e. a novel. This is “challenging but achievable”. And impressive, if you can really pull it off.
I tried it last year and didn’t make it. My internal perfectionist, the eternal writing handicap, planned and outlined the story ad nausea and I didn’t make it very far into the draft. But this year I am trying again. I’ve spent the last ten days preparing. I’ve worked out a completely new outline for a cozy mystery that I’m pretty happy with.
But I’m already feeling the pressure.
My inner muse is right now eyeing the little calendar date in the corner of my monitor and mumbling about not having enough days left to fully develop the setting as a character. Or research Criminal Investigation Departments. Or flesh out that minor character that’s supposed to introduce a scene in Chapter 3…or a dozen other distractions that are highly entertaining and completely unproductive.
I’m successfully ignoring it for the moment but don’t know how long I’ll hold out. I’m a teensy bit scared of writing a 50,000 word draft. What if I get to a point where I need to describe something that I didn’t research ahead of time? What if I get writer’s block? What if I can’t find time to write something for this blog??
So, just in case…
I sincerely apologize for any short, nonsensical, POS blogs that appear on the website during the month of November.
And crossing my fingers that it will be worth it.