NaNoWriMo is Moving Right Along…

Nano 2007 Participant Logo…without me! Arrrghhh! I’m trying, but life, as usual, is getting in the way. But that’s okay because I am still reading Chris Baty’s book and gathering insights. While I read and focus on the idea of creative writing (which is exactly what this novel-in-a-month thing is all about) I’ve started to remember things that I used to think about a long time ago.

While I may not make it to the 50,000 word mark, I’m still going on the journey to learn, absorb and share with my readers here. Time may not always be available for me to get through it all this year, but the passion always will be!

Most importantly, I’ll continue to be a cheerleader for and a supporter of the other crazy Wrimos out there! If you guys want to scream, feel free to do so here any time you want! Misery loves company you know. 🙂

There are already a lot of places set up for screaming and other related activities — like the National Novel Writing Month website, where you can still go and sign up! It’s not too late! I had to chuckle when I was reading the FAQ. One of the questions was about the deadline for signing up. The answer? November 30th at 11:59 pm! Yes, there is a definite sense of humor to it all. With a deadline like that and a task like this one, you need a sense of humor.

Here’s a thought for writers — one that came out of my head from a place that’s been dormant for a very long time (this would be especially useful for students):

  • Making yourself cry while you write (over something other than a deadline) is usually enough to guarantee an “A!” You do need to write it in good English though. My point is that if you can inflict that kind of passion on your readers, you’ve got it made!

Part of what you write is either coming from your own passion or from what your mind tells you will rock your readers! Trust you instincts and just go with it!

Hint: You know you’ve done a good job when one of your professors invites you to coffee a semester later.

Hint No. 2: Cordially decline.

As a young reader, I always found it disturbing that writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz could write the things that they do. Actually, I still do find it a bit disturbing. They have got to be at least a little demented. But then again, aren’t we all? The terror in the works of Dean Koontz is that he makes you believe his stories could actually happen. Gulp! Creepy stuff! Koontz, in my opinion, blows King out of the water! Just my opinion. I think they haven’t made movies out of his stuff because it would either be too gruesome or too expensive, or both.

Many of us really do love good literature. We love to hear about it, we love to read it and we love to write it. NaNoWriMo is a good way to get around the procrastination bug that a lot of us suffer from. “Yeah, I’ll do it.” “I’ll get around to it later.” “Next week I’ll have some time.” Let’s face it, 50,000 is a heck of a lot of words. But, people have done it! There are gatherings (or write-ins as they’re called) going on, and/or being scheduled, in Honolulu and all over the country as we speak.

So, now you have the knowledge that it can be done… if you want to do it bad enough. The good part is knowing you have people to cheer you on or join in on your drama! What else could you possibly need? 🙂

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  • 1 HawaiiVacationGifts // Nov 12, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Keep it up Evelyn, I am so happy to hear about your writing progress. Writing like any art is a craft and takes time, effort, and something that you feel the need to communicate about.

    How many pages (single spaced typed) is 50,000 words?

  • 2 Evelyn // Nov 12, 2007 at 2:33 am

    It’s HVG ! How are you doing, Cheryl? I’m not sure how many pages that would be… depending on formatting it should be roughly 200 to 250 pages. I’m not doing very well but it’s something to schedule for next year. 🙂 But, November’s not over yet!

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