Writing every day, however, does more than simply instill the discipline to write at will, rather than just when inspiration strikes. ~ Dana Mitchell
I know, I know, I know!!! The last time I posted – which was awhile ago – I committed to plunge into NaNoWriMo, but common sense intervened. I realize EVERYONE is busy, and MANY busy peeps still find the time to write 16,000+ words a day, but I HAVE to be realistic. I AM busy, but I am NOT organized. I am committed to writing, but I am NOT insane.
Yes, dear readers, I hear you mocking my commitment and will view my statements as pathetic excuses, but excuses or not, I cannot ignore the fact that writing 1600+ words a day on a novel might just …
cost me my job – which I still need for 3 more years or more until I retire;
strain my marriage – G.E. already thinks my computer is another of my appendages, and although he supports my talents, he also likes to spend time with me every once in awhile;
frustrate my 10 grandchildren who like to hang out with GrammaNae as often as possible – which has not been as frequent as it used to be;
disappoint my 85-year-old mother – who looks so forward to daily phone calls and at least 3 visits a week;
ruin my trip to Boston in mid-November – it’s my first time to that historical city, and I’m danged excited, even if I am going there for work;
hamper my Church calling – which is kind of a big one, but hey how else do I show gratitude for more blessings than I deserve?;
stress Soledad, my Chilean neighbor, who needs tutoring to help her wade through a community college writing class;
push me over the edge – it only took a straw to break the proverbial camel’s back, you know.
BUT I have looked forward for to the craziness of NaNoWriMo, realizing the benefits that may come of it. I recently read a blog – can’t remember whose – that claimed the hostess was ready to send off last year’s NaNo book to an agent. And I thought, “that COULD be me!” But when my blogger friend, Catherine Winn, over at The Writing Room, shared a comment on my last post, I took pause! (I know that’s a cliché, but I think it’s rather a classy one.)
Catherine wrote that when she participated in NaNo last year, she ended up with C.R.A.P. (She didn’t really say it exactly like that, but I read between the lines.) So this year she is still diving in, but she does NOT plan on winning – I think winning means you finish the 50,000-word goal. I like that idea – enter to enjoy the fervor of the event but lower your expectations.
I decided to go just a little further and create my own November contest MiNoWriMo – sadly, someone else came up with the “word-crunch” or whatever it’s called when writers cram together parts of words to come up with a new word. While I can find the word in a search, I CANNOT find an explanation or definition of MiNoWriMo. Any ideas?
Anyway, here is my version of a MiNoWriMo: I plan to write a Mini-Novel, hence Mini-Novel-Writing-Month. I’m cutting the goal in half to 25,000, and adding the challenge of writing EVERY day. I’m even going to create a MiNoWriMo badge of some sort – in a day or two.
I’m having my creative writers do NaNoWriMo again this year and they can choose their word counts. They only have to write 20,000 words in order to get their A’s (if that’s what they want). I, however, will be doing 50,000 words again.
It’s true that a lot of crap comes out when you write your novel of a month, but I think so many more good things come from it. And it’s a first draft. I’ve seen too many people work and slave over a first draft for years! And then they’re sick of the novel but they can’t let it go because they’ve worked on it so long. I think that’s a benefit of NaNoWriMo. Yeah, it’s a horrible first draft, but until you get that first draft done, you can’t move onto the 2nd draft.
But, really, what do I know. I haven’t been published…yet. 🙂
Andria! You shame me! My wimpy excuses pale next to your reasons to push forward!!! And you are one of, if not THE busiest women/woman I know! Sigh. All I can say is that in writing years, you may be older than me, but in human years, you’re a youngster. This oldie must settle for the lesser prize.
I ADMIRE you greatly! rbs
I like your enthusiasm! For a lot of us, 25,000 words is as big an accomplishment as 50,000 is for others. I made a goal to finish my current project (MG first draft) by the end of November, and writing every day is a great way to accomplish that. Good luck!
LIZ, I dropped by your blog and LOVED it! Loved the blog format (even though I can’t figure out what that big gray thing is, it’s cool), LOVED your picture (B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.), loved that you post one day a week (very good idea for a writer of BOOKS!), loved your posts (so insightful), AND loved the fact that YOU ARE A UTAH AUTHOR!!!
I’m adding your site to by blogroll!
What a great idea to write every day and finish a mini novel by the end of November. I love that idea!
I love the idea of writing every day and finishing a mini novel by the end of the month!
This is so funny. I committed to do NaNo for the first time–but have discovered that my life is just too crazy for it and that I’ve spent a bunch of time feeling bad about myself. So I’m all for this, doll.
And please say hello to darling Erica!