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NaNoWhyNo?

NoNoWriMo ButtonI just signed in to NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t going to do it. I still don’t know if I’m going to do it. It’s a heartwrenching, anxiety-inducing notion that I can write 50,000 words in one month, let alone an actual story. As one writer on the site declared, November brings “Th-angst-giving.”

Is there any writer out there who does not know what NaNoWriMo is? From the website, here’s info:

NaNo in a Nutshell

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Here’s a little more about how it all works.

I have an outline of two stories started. I’ll admit I’ve written 20 pages already on one of them, but if I work on that book I’m not going to count it as cheating because I plan to start over. Do I have a brand-new, fresh story in me? Well, sure … I think. Can I get it on paper? Fifty thousand words in 30 days equals about 1,667 words per day, which is about 5 double-spaced pages. Five pages. Doesn’t sound like much, right? Uh, actually, it sounds like quite a bit. I participated and finished twice, so I speak from experience. I will be going crazy and contemplating quitting every other day.

But then there’s that writer inside me who says, “Let me out, this year it will be good!”

I have a project due to a client tomorrow and a busy weekend. I also have a busy job possibly starting next week that will take a lot of hours. But most of the other people participating are busy, too. Not a great excuse.

Sigh. Two days left to decide … I’m leaning toward yes. Don’t tell my friend Lee. She does it every year, and finishes.