It’s Nanowrimo time again!

So I decided I wasn’t going to participate in Nanowrimo this year. After slogging through two years in a row and still having two completed novels languishing on the hard drive, I thought I’d pass. Be responsible. Not glut the wordbox with a new snarly mess of stuff.

Then I had the IDEA. You know what I’m talking about. That insidious little thought that drifts past, floats out trailing tentacles, and roots deep in your psyche. I tried to shake it for days. Didn’t work. So here I go, Nanowrimo bound!

Come on…you can do it too. I’ve got a Satan-approved schedule till the end of the year, thousands of miles to travel, two deadlines to a publishing house, a book release, writing and critique groups, and a family…but it is the month of literary abandon. We. Must. Write. Won’t you come be abandoned with me?

Nothing will look as good as that first day of December. Nanowrimo and the month of feverish typing receding in the rearview mirror, the holidays horrifyingly upon us, and the end of the year looming nigh. This is the voice of peer pressure. Succumb. You know you want to. Nano is of course, the gateway drug to writing another novel. Think of me as your word pimp, except I don’t get a cut of the profits. Humor me – somewhere in all this writing business SOMEBODY has got to be making money.

Hell, I may even get a visit from the mighty Thor in the middle of Nanowrimo. Can you imagine having to entertain the God of Thunder during the month of wordy deluge? I’m hoping he’s enjoying his world tour so much that the pace is slow…

Still unconvinced? Fine. I’ll bring out the big guns. This is for the KIDS. That’s right. Nanowrimo is thirty days of literary bliss but it’s also about literacy. You can read this other post talking all about how you should feel guilty for having so much fun. Throw the Office of Letters and Light ten bucks and get on board. Don’t make me stop the happy bus and stomp around in my angry feet, donate here, already.

I’ll be honest, I’m cheating a bit this year but I think it’s making things harder. Instead of writing one novel, I’m aiming for two novellas, each one a minimum of 25K in length. Linked stories with different main characters, different POVs, and a whole mess of plotting and planning.

My novella experiments may never see the light of day come December, but that isn’t the point. Part of this literary marathon is to stretch our creative muscles, limber up the vocabulary and let the words fly. It’s manic and fun and satisfying. Stop procrastinating and get on board, already. Jeez. What’s stopping you?

  1. #1 by Natalie Hartford on November 1, 2012 - 6:15 am

    Woot woot Lesann….kick some NANO butt girl. Love it. Here’s to your uberlicious success!

    • #2 by Leslie Berry/ @LesannBerry on November 2, 2012 - 8:53 pm

      Thank you kindly! I’ll have to put on other shoes to be kicking keister (incidentally, this word is not in spellcheck), but I’ll do it just for you! Wait just a minute…why aren’t YOU nano’ing?

  2. #3 by patriciasands on November 1, 2012 - 6:59 am

    You go! I’ll be sending my $10 (no one should ever miss supporting literacy!) and cheering from the sidelines. One of these years I may join you … maybe …

    • #4 by Leslie Berry/ @LesannBerry on November 2, 2012 - 8:54 pm

      Do it THIS year! Why wait? C’mon, join the madness…I’m almost behind and it’s only the 2nd day of the month. Put on them typing shoes and get moving! *cracks whip*

  3. #5 by Debra Kristi on November 1, 2012 - 11:49 am

    I thought about trying my hand at NanoWrimo this year, but we’re taking a big vacation right in the middle of the month. I wasn’t sure what that would do to the whole process. I’m still going to try for it on my whole though. I know, why not sign up then? I don’t know. 😐

    • #6 by Leslie Berry/ @LesannBerry on November 2, 2012 - 8:56 pm

      There you go…answered your own question – why not sign up? You can plan to only get to 10K with that big hole in the middle of the month. Thor’s on your side, he’s got you covered, why not? C’mon! Peer pressure! Sign-up! Sign-up! Doesn’t that remind you of playing quarters back in the day? Hmm…maybe not. If you start this year then you’re already set up for the next round. Just saying.

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