Can you bear one more post about NaNoWriMo? If not, well, just look at the pictures.
“NOOOOOO! I’ve only written 25 words!!!!”
This is what I would probably look like if I attempted to write a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November : wild-eyed, running down the highway, and having a perfectly dreadful hair day. I am taking it for granted (I try to never assume) that my readers all know that NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and participants attempt to write an entire novel in that length of time. One of my nieces did it once and finished, but I don’t know that she ever polished up her novel and tried to get it published.
As you may have guessed, I am opting NOT to participate. I tried once, back in the late ’00’s, scribbling frantically in a spiral notebook while at work. It was fun for a few days, but then we got busy and my boss and co-workers seemed to think I should be waiting on customers (I had a different job then, working with the public, YIKES! No wonder I am so obsessed with movie monsters; they are so much more relaxing than customers).
Where was I? Ah yes, writing about not writing.
Still, relaxing with a beer after writing frantically all day, that I could get into.
I do want to write more, and to finish a novel as well as several other projects. In that case, why not give NaNoWriMo a try? They have a website that offers encouragement and accountability. That is what a lot of us writers need: accountability. And a deadline. Maybe that is why I finish so few novels: no deadline. That’s something to think about. Also, what a feeling of accomplishment I would have! Oh dear, am I talking myself into this?
“Who, me? Write a novel in November?”
I don’t know if you believe in Freudian slips, but almost every time I’ve gone to type “NaNoWriMo,” I’ve typed “NoNoWriMo.” I think my fingers are trying to tell me something. In any case, I just don’t feel that I want to participate in this thing. I do not want to register at their website, update my word count, and past my entire novel to them so I can be declared a winner. It’s just not me.
However, I’ll just put this out there: I am going to write more. I have been doing a little more each day, and I intend to increase my efforts and output. I will let you know how I do. I’ll write a blog post about it! In the meantime, this is my Wuss-out Wednesday post. Or perhaps we could call it a Mid-week Middle-aged Musings. Either way, I think I’ll close with another monster picture. Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Raise your hands, everybody who thinks Cindy ought to write more!