Not now, it’s NaNo!

Well, not yet… but soon! After a crazy busy hectic social creative weekend (week, month, year), I’m practicing my mantra for November.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo which is short for National Novel Writing Month. Fifty thousand words in thirty days. That’s nearly 1700 words a day*– sounds doable, right? It is! In November.

For whatever reason (and I could think of many) it doesn’t seem doable for any other month. Despite both my kids’ birthdays and a major family holiday, I still get more written in November than any other month.

Obviously, it’s because I HAVE to write in November, it’s NaNo.
Let me apologize in advance for all the things I’m not going to do: I won’t volunteer, I won’t commit to a new project, I won’t do any favors, I won’t make plans outside writing. Sorry.
I have a novel to knock out, 50,000 words. So, no, no, no. Not now, it’s NaNo.

I have participated several years and even “won” a few. NaNo is good for me because it allows me to be fast and sloppy. I can flesh out scenes, write page after page of dialogue, and wax philosophical about things that will probably never make a final draft. With NaNo, when the story won’t come, I can get to know my characters, locations, motivations and best of all, the meandering words count!

I think I’m going to work on the sequel to A Stranger’s Child, a previous NaNo “win”.

But I’m not sure… because I can start anything I want! (And I like starting new things!)

We had our NaNo Kick-off party yesterday and I was pleased to get to know a couple of new-to-me area writers. I look forward to reciprocal support, encouragement and butt-kicking from the other participants.

I am a co-ML this year for the Rockford Region. If you are interested in giving NaNo a try, please register and select Rockford, IL as your home region. Also on the Rockford page is a calendar of planned Come Write Ins for Sundays and Tuesdays, a couple of other writing opportunities, and the always popular, TGIO Party in December.
I hope you will join us for a month of putting your writing first.
And repeat after me:
NNIN

*For reference, this blog is about 385 words.

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About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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