Saturday, October 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. No, I don't mean when the leaves turn and you start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas and travel plans and spending time with family. In two days, November starts, which means it's time for another year of NaNoWriMo.

I've done NaNo so many times, I start salivating at the very thought of another month of writing abandon. I can't tell you how many times I've sworn I'm not going to do it. I don't have time for this silliness. I have a full-time job and my serious writing to work on. How am I ever going to get published if I take a whole month to write a stream of consciousness storyline that hasn't been thoroughly planned out, isn't in the genres I want to publish, and will leave me too exhausted to work on my "real" novel.

But it's useless. Sometime during October, the posts on the writing loops I subscribe to start. Who's doing NaNo? someone asks. A few people respond, slowly, dipping their toes in the craziness one more time. What's NaNo? a newbie will ask. And more people will rush to explain what this is, how thousands of people all over the world start typing at midnight on November 1st, with the intention of writing a 50,000 word novel by the time November 30th is over with. Every day more people say they're doing it and I start to get the feeling that if I don't participate, I'll be missing out on one of the biggest parties ever thrown. By the end of October, I can't help myself. I'm swept up in the tsunami of crazed writers, stockpiling coffee and chocolate and frozen dinners. Even Nathan Bransford, a respected agent, has blogged on how to do NaNoWriMo this week. See, no one's immune!

So here I am, only a vague idea of a plot and some characters, but with some new movie soundtracks downloaded to my iPod for inspiration and a fresh report card all ready for Monday to start recording my progress in this year's race to 50,000 words, terrified that I'll run out of things to say after two or three days, but knowing that somehow I always come up with something to write in the end.

Hello, my name is Elise, and I'm a NaNo-holic.
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