Friday, October 28, 2011


Yes, I'm making up words again. No, not really. This is a "thing" that writers do, or so they tell me. For those of you that aren't familiar with it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and is run by The Office of Letters and Light.

 Hundreds of thousands of writers band together to support each other as they race to the proverbial finish line of 50,000 words. Yes, that's correct. 50,000 words. In 30 days. How is this possible? I'm not exactly sure as I haven't actually read through anything on the site. I know, you're shocked. "But Annabelle," you say, "you are always so thorough and meticulous." I know, I'm as shocked as you are (not really, no, who gave you that idea about me?).  Hey, at least I signed up. I even know what I'm going to write! So, there's that.

I know you're thinking that, to a writer, this must be fun. Writing with abandon and never hitting that delete button sounds fantastic! Yeah, maybe. Actually, no, not really, not at all. This is a HUGE exercise in restraint, in all of the ways you wouldn't think. First, consider how badly most of us want to go through and read, revise, edit, etc. Then, imagine how long it actually takes to write that much. When I'm on a roll I can turn out about a thousands words in an hour. But to do more than that, and every single day, well, let's just say I'm a little more than intimidated.

Last, but not least, we have my ridiculous tendency to be superstitious. Last year there were lots, and I mean LOTS, of negative tweets from agents and authors alike, about NaNo. It seems that it's rather frowned upon in certain circles, which means some people think NaNo is for amateurs, which is exactly what I don't want to be. *sigh* So, there's that. Incidentally, I've considered creating some kind of ritual to combat any bad mojo that I may attract by taking part in this debacle.

Regardless, I'm going to do it. If I don't finish, no big deal, it's not like anyone is watching. So, come Tuesday morning, say a prayer, light a candle, make a sacrifice at the alter, what ever, so that I may succeed at this new wacky endeavor. Look for misspelled and nonsensical blog posts sure to come during the next month.

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