Okay–so I’ve done it again..something stupid, something silly, something asinine and outrageous.
I joined NaNoWriMo this year. Willingly, of my own accord.
I’ve never done anything like this before. Never caved in to pressure from condescending, holier-than-thou writers who claimed to have seen the light, crossed the cross-roads, stared into the headlights of the train coming at them at full-tilt without bowing before the images of words on a page…but this year I did.
This year I vowed to enter the NaNoWriMo challenge and not only that, but I vowed to come out the other side of the challenge intact, glorified and beaming with worldly pride.
I am such a loser.
Here it is, already Nov 5 (albeit early Nov 5), and I just completed my first 1000 words in my quest to write 50,000 words in thirty days.
That puts me, (I’m not great at math so please go with me here, friends…A LOT behind where I should be). And by a LOT, I mean, a lot of words, a lot of sentences and a lot of paragraphs!
Chapters? Don’t even get me started on those!
As far as I can tell I’m still on my first chapter…how on earth will I know when I’m finished? Will there be a trumpet sounding? A ‘da-da’ in the air? A ‘you-go, girl, now let’s move on to the next chapter so that you can finish the greatest story ever told?’
Will I know when the characters need a break, the narrative needs a climax, the story needs an arc?
I have no idea.
I only know that tonight I tried to catch up on my NaNoWriMo challenge and I succeeded in writing about eight hundred more words…nowhere near enough to put me on par with other NaNoWriMo writers across the globe, but more than enough to make me think that I may actually be able to accomplish SOMETHING this month…maybe not a novel of 50,000 words…but that’s okay–what’s wrong with a novella, or a short story, even…or a grocery list…
Nothing. As long as I’m writing. So that’s my ultimate goal for this month. To write. To write with jet-lag and broken ribs and depression and a rash that I can’t identify and stress about what life is currently tossing my way…
So Happy NaNoWriMo…may the force be with you!
And if it isn’t with you, may it at least not be against you…(maybe that’s all we can really hope for, in the end, to not have the force against us.)
Happy November…and don’t be a stranger!