Why Would You Do This?


Why would anyone subject themselves to the torture of writing 50,000 words in 30 days? That’s approximately 6 – 7 double-spaced pages per day. Every day. For one month.

  1. If you’re not someone who enjoys writing, you wouldn’t.
  2. If you don’t have a story burning inside you that needs to be told, you wouldn’t.
  3. If you’ve never thought, “Gee, I can write better than (insert name of famous author here),” you wouldn’t.
  4. If you’ve never said, “Someday I’m going to write a novel,” you wouldn’t.

But if you’ve ever thought any of these, then you just might decide this is the year to give it a shot.

I’ve done all of those things, however, so why am I doing it? Because I feel like my writing has gone flat. My goal for NaNoWriMo is to let myself go…allow myself to put crap on the page– (because save for a few bursts of brilliance, which there will be, there will be lots of crap)– shut down my inner editor and let loose.

The “powers” of NaNo (that would be the veterans) say I’ll want to quit. Week 2 is the hardest, they claim. Don’t give up–just keep writing. That’s what I hope to do.

This will be fun. I keep telling myself that. If I make it, what a sense of accomplishment I’ll have!

Life is all about challenges. And that’s why I’m doing this.

Dog Under the Blanket

No, this post isn’t about dogs, blankets or husbands in the dog house. I just saw my beagle/basset on the back porch, wrapped up in a blanket like a celery stalk in a slice of proscuitto.

And that could be the starting line of my NaNoWriMo novel (although I hope not).

National Novel Writing Month starts in ten short days. I’ve never done this before, although many (many) years ago I pounded out 144,000 words in six weeks. But I wasn’t working then; however, I did have two children in elementary school. It speaks volumes that I was able to ignore them then better than I can ignore the accumulating housework now.

Regardless, I’m going to give this thing a shot. 50,000 words in 30 days is the goal. I have some old ideas I’ve never done anything with, and I’ve been googling for writing prompts and reading a lot to see if anything gives me that spark. All I need is a seed to plant and watch grow. And the cool thing is, I can use cliches like that and just keep on goin’ . . . because NaNoWriMo is all about getting it on the page. Just like my new t-shirt says, “Even if it’s crap, just get it on the page.”

And that’s what I’m going to do.