Image by nuanc via FlickrIt's November first. You know what that means, don't you? Let me join the legions of blogs today about National Novel Writing Month and how us writer peeps are challenging ourselves to churn out 50,000 words by November 30th. Who qualifies? Everybody. You are a writer if you write. Period. (No publishing experience necessary - in fact, it's probably better.) I think that we all owe at the very least a perfunctory nod to Anne LaMott who writes about the importance of the "the shitty first draft" in her Writer's Handbook, Bird by Bird. (It's a handbook for me at any rate.)
The goal is quantity and not necessarily quality, a difficult thing for people so enamored of words. We have to blindly jump in, and be fearless in our "shittiness". I have never done this before, but have always been intrigued. Last year I signed up, but then was too worried about taking too much time away from my WIP. This year, I need a break from two WIP's and I also need the freedom to write something completely different as I wait for EDGES to be released into the world. I've always wanted to write fantasy, so why not use this month long event as an excuse to try, to take a risk?
Thank you, NaNoWriMo: my challenge is to write 50,000 words of a fantasy, or something fantastical at the very least. My husband gave me a prompt last night, so I put down the first half of a sentence in Scrivener to await me in the morning . . . and what fun I had! This was what I needed, to feel the thrill of the creative ride again.
Although right now I am frustrated, because I want to log my word count onto my profile page on the website, but it's not loading. So I'm forced to kvetch about that here and brag about the 2500 words I managed to bang out on my laptop this morning. If I can write 2500 words a day for 20 days, then I'm golden - my kids will still have a mother on the weekends! All joking aside, even if I'm only able to log in 25000 words it will be an accomplishment, because it will be a different genre. Whether it's any good is another question, but THAT'S NOT THE POINT! The point is that I'm doing it. Who's with me? (And is anybody else having problems with the website?)