Getting back in shape after 5 months in a post-surgical deep freeze plus urging my oh-so-menopausal metabolism to shed the last 20 pounds are not enough of a challenge for me. <cough> I have decided to take on something that is way/weigh beyond those health goals. Writing a novel.
I am setting my goal low by participating in the literary frenzy known as National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is the link to the home page. Every November, thousands of
idiots overachievers strive to put down 50,000 words of fiction to “win” a certificate. There are very few rules except it has to be fiction, one cannot use work started before November 1, and one must type more than the same word 50,000 times. Seems easy, huh? 1667 words per day for 30 days. Apparently the key is no editing – just write. Editing comes later. Of course this length is not enough for a real book, but it is enough to make me write daily – a lot – and decide if I really want to go for longer version fiction or just continue to piddle around with short stories. I have no excuse this year. I’m scared, scared my idea sucks, scared my years of technical writing have warped me forever (writing workshops be damned). Wait, sounds a lot like setting myself up for failure. Hey, I have lost almost 140 pounds! I can write 50,000 words no one will ever read but me AND have fun doing it!
Anyone want to join?
- Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2011 (saratoolemiller.wordpress.com)
- It’s NaNoWriMo time… (jamesgardneruk.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2011 Starts in One Week (peacefulldawn.com)
- Countdown to NaNoWriMo: The Word War Warm-up (barbaratyler.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo (snagglewordz.com)
- My First NaNoWriMo 2011! (askepticaloptimist.wordpress.com)