Friday, October 27, 2006

 

NaNoWriMo

I am on top of the world. Seriously, the North Pole has nothing on me today. I just feel ... really positive about life in general.

Part of that is my Children's Writers retreat on the weekend. It went extremely well - new people and old blending together. There was lots of time for discussion and laughter, workshopping of manuscripts. The people of Gravelbourg made us feel a little like visiting royalty - made sure we were happy, well-fed, and informed. The mayor gave us a tour of the cathedral there, we attended a wine and cheese at the province's only French bookstore, and we ate like queens at Le Bistro Chez Julie. It was exactly the kind of weekend I needed to get refocused on my writing goals.

So, starting in November, I'm writing every day. It's my new job, and I'm treating it as such. One of the ways I'm going to help myself maintain that "write every day" goal is by signing up for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month - quantity, not necessarily quality is the goal - and just to keep up that steady progress instead of getting bogged down. I think it will be a good thing for me, and by telling the world (okay, the six people who regularly read this), I'm making myself accountable. Anyone else want to write a novel in November?

Comments:
will you be posting this work in progress? might be fun
for the six of us
and you too

50,000 words?

they don't all have to be different
do they?
 
You're back! Yay! Sounds like a wonderful time.

I eyed up that contest, too.
 
Does nanowrimo accept kidlit?
 
I looked it up and it does and so I signed up. Did you know there are 81 others from SK signed up? I couldn't believe it!
 
If I were writing it, I would have said:

The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month - quantity, not necessarily quality is the goal - and just to keep up that steady progress instead of getting blogged down.

Well, I don't think I can write a novel, but I have enjoyed reading and writing blogs as a means to warm up to real writing.
 
A novel in a month? I thought I was being ambitious hoping to get a chapter done! It sounds like fun, but being a speed freak, I think the three-day novel is more my style. Check it out: www.3daynovel.com
 
Probably easier than a MA thesis!

Good luck.
 
i think i'll join you, PJ! what the hell! life is short! i'll do it today so i'm officially in there with you.
 
Um, well, I'm very glad I've inspired others, but my own writing isn't going terribly well this month. Oh, well ... I'll just keep at it.
 
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