Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Not Quite NaNoWriMo

It's November and the first day of NaNoWriMo! Good luck and God's speed to all those participating.
I, however, will not being joining them this year.
I have two reasons for this:

1. I'm a Freshman in college.
At this point in the semester I don't think my Greek grade could take NaNoWriMo. I did it two years ago and turned in three of the worst essays I have ever penned during that month. My teachers all looked at me as if they thought the aliens had replaced me with one of The People. I think my level of eloquence dropped at least a grade level or two probably due to lack of sleep and basic NaNoWriMo insanity. The un-edited creative exuberance that is required to write that many words in a month also might have bled over into my non-creative writing. Once you're making up wild metaphors in your persuasive essays you should probably be worried. "The brown muddy mud that is _______'s argument is muddy because..."

2. I just started something.
To do NaNoWriMo right you have to start something new. I don't feel I can abandon my recently born people quite so quickly and make up something else. Mostly because I think I will probably lose momentum and they will malinger sadly on my desktop for a few months before vanishing into the archive. I like them too much to let that happen, so I am forgoing 50,000 words of a new story to preserve their respective existences.

But I really don't want to let NaNoWriMo month pass and have nothing to show for it either. So I have made up my own challenge. One that I think will be plenty challenging enough and will allow me to suffer gloriously right alongside my literary brethren.

In the month of November I will:

add 25,000 words or more to my current work. That is only half the NaNoWriMo challenge, but it is still quite a lot of words. It is few enough to allow me to make sense as I write (last time I did NaNoWriMo my characters had long, drawn out, dead boring discussions of movies I had recently seen, the color of clouds and various other topics that did not help my plot but pumped up my word count) and will still be challenging.

Today is Day 1.

On another subject entirely this blog now has 22 followers!!!!! Happy dance!!

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  1. 23 now... I thought I was following, but it appears I wasn't. So I fixed that. :)

    I've never done NaNoWriMo, and I thought this might be my first year, but as I explain on my blog, it's not to be. My daughter's doing it, though. She spent her first day plotting and planning. I suggested she might have done that *before* day one, but oh well. I suppose she knows what she's doing. :)

  2. Haha yes, I did think it was kind of amusing that you always commented but didn't follow :P Thanks!

    And it seems to me that NaNo is all about learning from experience, so it will probably be good for your daughter to see how her time management pans out ;)