NaNoWriMo: Yeah, I Might Be Crazy
Well I found out about it a couple of years ago while I was working in the features department. In the middle of November my editor brought it up in our planning meeting and by the end of the meeting I had been assigned a story. I was supposed to find people in the area who were participating.
It wasn’t very easy to do. I think I tracked down 5 and three had already quit trying by the time I got a hold of them.
So my story on NaNoWriMo wasn’t very good. But I liked the idea: write 50,000 words in one month. That’s about 1,667 words a day. Well I can do that — easily. Catherine and Beth can attest to that for me. Heck, some of you have hung in there and read some of my longer posts (and I sincerely thank you for that) some of those are easily 2,000 words.
The point of NaNoWriMo isn’t to turn out a masterpiece (even though there is some sort of contest associated with it) the point is to do the work. No editing. No elaborate (but never followed-through on) planning. Just write.
So, I put it on my bucket list — and then the next year I completely forgot about it.
I wasn’t going to do it this year either because I have applications looming. But then I remembered something. At least five times during my path toward graduate school someone has said, “the number one thing is to finish what you’re writing.”
I probably remembered the statement because each time I heard it it felt like a punch in the gut. I have started so many projects that I have never finished. I have had so many ideas that I have never taken action on. Perfectionism, procrastination and just plain laziness have gotten in the way.
Of course having a full-time job doesn’t help all that much either.
So, I did it. Last night I signed up for NaNoWriMo and I submitted the first bits of my novel. I kind of cheated because I had already started writing it a few years ago. Over three years ago in fact: “Confessions of a ‘Good’ Girl.” I also threw in a few other posts I’ve written in regard to the topic. So at the moment I am over my word goal.
Of course now is when the rubber hits the road. For me this amount of writing probably represents about 1-2 hours of work. So that’s 1-2 hours a day on average. I might have to quit watching TV for the month. (After I watch Private Practice this week, of course.) In fact, yeah. No TV for me this month. I’m trading it up for my computer.
And by the end of the month my pseudo-memoir about sex and the church girl should be all fleshy and real. I’m excited. And kind of freaked out.
P.S. This means my blog posts will probably be shorter for the next month. But I promise to still be adorable and controversial. You know, me. If you’re good I might even post some of my pages for my emerging novel.