October 31, 2013

Can’t Say No To NaNoWriMo

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbNaNoWriMo is coming up again. For those of you not familiar, here’s the websIte. Basically, it is a month-long event where we writers flog ourselves daily for our failures as authors and generally bemoan our very existence. A few of us also write novels.

I participated in NaNoWriMo for three years or so back around 2005. My first year, I found about it late and half-assed a terrible bit of nothing. The next two years, I wrote partial manuscripts for two novels that I really liked, and that I would like someday to finish. Unfortunately, they’re still unfinished today. One novel’s file hasn’t been edited since 2008, and the other 2011. How sad is that?

Part of my failures those years and of my nonparticipating since is that November is a horrible month for me. It’s the second half of the quarter, and that means lots of grading and students in my office and generally all sorts of work shenanigans.

I am really tempted to do it this year. My writing skills are limber and I’m in a new mindset — heck, I’m a totally different person now! Honestly, I almost want to try and rewrite the novel I wrote in 2005 again, from scratch. It was a good idea, and even back then I think I really executed it well. What if I just started it over? What would be the same? What would I write differently?

On the other hand, I am juggling writing for three blogs and a review website right now. I’m already taxing my free writing time! And November is the month I start hormones. Who knows how that will affect my thinking in the short term?

Feh. I hate the approach of NaNoWriMo. Too tempting, too disappointing.

Oh, who am I kidding. I’ve got the bug in me now. Can’t say no to NaNoWriMo! I guess I’m going to do it again this year. Wish me luck …

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  • “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, Ali my friend!” Go for it! Didn’t do the NaNoWriMo last year but followed the principles in the book by the originator of NaNoWriMo and reached 32,000 words of the 55,000 words I was trying for and then allowed a vacation to bring things to a screeching halt. Seriously doubt I’ll try to resurrect it. I don’t even know why I’d want to; writing a novel is such a lonely experiment in self-flagellation and is the hardest thing I’ve attempted in writing. Lazy butt that I am, I’ll stick to haiku! But I wish you well! You can do it!

      • I’m tempted, almost beyond that which I can resist, to email you (for your amusement and comments) a portion of the novel that will never be. But I won’t place a friend in the position of having to say, “Gads, Ron…no offense, but that snippet of a novel sux hog farts!” I’ll just do the right thing for once and keep the accursed effort locked up so you will always think of me as a workman-like haiku poet instead of a piss-poor novelist. *g* *** πŸ™‚ ***

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