So, NaNoWriMo ends today (or “NaNoWriMo is over” if you’re reading this in THE FUTURE™). I will be perfectly blunt: I did not hit the 50,000 word limit. In fact, I came in about 15,000 words short of that goal, according to Scrivener. But I did learn a lot during my attempt to conquer the NaNoWriMo beast in this, my first year of actual participation. In fact, the biggest thing I discovered was that… well, I don’t like it.
I think it plays into my perfectionist nature, but as time went on and the daily challenge of turned into a daily grind, I found myself coming to hate the words that I was putting down. NaNoWriMo definitely goes against my own nature as a writer, and if I am to be completely honest I feel like my participation has added to the workload that will be required to pull The War on Christmas out of the literary gutter.
And that’s okay. Continue reading
Whoever thought NaNoWriMo should be in November should be strapped to a horse, dragged through the town square on a slab of moldy tangerines, and left battered, bruised, and smelling of rotten fruit out in the countryside. This is a terrible time of year to try to take on any kind of time-consuming projects, for various reasons. In my case, my biggest problem is that I get sick every November. The seasons are changing, and all of the flowers, grasses, trees, and everything else you can think of is puking out its last bit of pollen before dying off for the “winter” (or the California equivalent). Therefore, every November I find myself having to clamber out of my disheveled bed and set upon a glorious quest to find the winds of life. I sell off all of my earthly possessions to a traveling gypsy before dragging my aching bones to the local CVS or Rite Aid, where I then spend all of my acquired pesetas to acquire the magical elixirs and snake oils of DayQuil, Benedryl, and Afrin. I then drag myself back to my bed, and take all of these cheap sorcerers tricks in a vain and pitiful attempt to breathe through my nose once more. Continue reading
Yes, kids. It’s that time of year: NaNoWriMo, or “National Novel Writing Month,” is upon us! What is NaNoWriMo? Well, it’s a month-long endurance challenge where writers from all over the cosmos challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in the 30 days of November.
Why November? …that’s a good question. This is NOT the month I’d have picked for this. But whatever. Continue reading