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Monday, September 24, 2007


NaNoWriMo 2007: All I'm saying is think about it

There's this little thing I've done each November for the past two years. It's called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and it involves writing a novel of 50,000 words during the month of November, starting on November 1 and ending no later than November 30.

Doing NaNoWriMo is exciting, horrible, painful, stressful, and also completely exhilarating. Especially when you finish, which I've done twice, once in 2005 and again in 2006. I've written two novels! Two novels that no person, including myself, has ever read start to finish, but still. Two novels!

It's official: Successful completion of NaNoWriMo makes you a novelist. Isn't that cool?

Earlier this year (or was it late last year?) I swore that the stress of NaNoWriMo was too much for me and that I wouldn't do it again. C'mon, I've got enough on my plate with mothering, cooking, driving, disciplining, cleaning, and--let's not forget--pleasing the husband. And yet as the days grow shorter and the weather cools, I've noticed that I've got these little things I can only refer to as "characters" running around in my head in circles that I can only describe as "plot twists." Let's face it: NaNoWriMo is addicting, and I'm clearly addicted.

Long story short, I'm gearing up to do it again this year because I'm nuts.

Hey, are you nuts, too? If so, think about joining me. It'll be fun! We can lament about our lagging word count and repetitive stress injuries while sharing secrets about what type of candy is the best for late night writing sessions. And if you live by me, we can meet in coffee shops with our laptops and look like all writerly together. We can also whisper loudly about OUR NOVELS.

Think about it. Sign-ups begin October 1 and you have until November 1 to decide that you, too, want to be a novelist like the rest of the cool kids.