Monday, October 31, 2011

On The Eve of NaNoWriMo

Midnight tonight.That's when it begins. 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins soundly at 12:01 am on November 1st.  Got my story. Got my characters. Got my outline.  I'm ready. Well, ready as I'll ever be.  I've been rereading writers I admire -- Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Garcia-Marquez... Just to remind myself that someone else has done it before.  Writing a novel at all is pretty much an impossibility. I know. I've tried. Yet these people I've just mentioned have done it -- more than once, in fact.  Sometimes, it just takes a little push. Sometimes, it takes a common enemy.

And sometimes, it takes people just crazy enough to be willing gather together for the month of November to engage in some hellish, feverish tippy-tapping on the keyboard that we like to call NaNoWriMo.

Some things I'm going to keep in my head while I'm writing:
  • Keep going. Don't stop, no matter what
  • You cannot create art when you're busy crtiquing it or apologizing for it. You are not the world's literary book review section.  Write. Don't read.
  • Keep going. Don't stop, no matter what.
  • All first drafts are shitty first drafts.
  • Keep going, no matter what.

Armed with these little munitions, I will face NaNoWriMo head on and unafraid. Well, mostly unafraid.  OK, terrified, but I'm going to keep going, o matter what!!! Happy now?


  1. OMG just WRITE already. This post is the equivalent of scrubbing your whole bathroom with a toothbrush the night before a major exam. STOP! (make sure you post every bit of it here. I'll watch this space. *tapping foot*)

  2. Can't start until midnight... rules is rules... It's been killing me to have to wait, once I know what I wanted to write. Gaaahhhh! But I can wait a few hours more now.


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