Two years ago I first heard about the program called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, with support from others who are doing the same. I found the website, signed up, and then promptly realized there was no way I could add anything more to my already brimming November plate.
Vicki Doudera here. What a difference two years makes!
In early October of this year I was invited to speak at Vose Library in Union, and the librarian there asked me if I’d ever done NaNoWriMo. I admitted that I had not, but since she had, I asked her to describe the experience for the audience. Lo and behold, a tiny seed was planted in your blogger’s brain.
A week later, I received an email about NaNoWriMo. Suddenly it dawned on me: THIS was the year! Yes, I could actually try to devote a month to writing a book. Here’s why:
Reason #1: As you already know, I’m a new empty nester. My “last to fly the coop” is daughter Lexi, happily ensconced in Red Sox-winning Boston and studying Marine Bio. No longer am I running to soccer games, helping with college applications, or listening to her tell me about her weekend plans. It’s heartbreaking, BUT I’m putting on my happy face and picking up my pen.
Reason #2: I’ve had an incredibly busy year selling real estate, but the pace has finally slowed somewhat. My hectic summer meant that I did not get in much writing time, and I’m itching to devote several hours every day.
Reason #3: Other than Thanksgiving, my calendar for the month is on the empty side. I’m not going to Crime Bake (I’ll miss those of you that do attend!) nor am I teaching a writing course at the National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco. Now I know why! THIS IS MY MONTH TO GIVE THIS CRAZY IDEA A TRY.
So far — so good. I spent some time before November 1st outlining my story and getting my new office up to speed. (I needed blinds, for instance, and a small heater.) I decided I would write at least 2000 words a day, and I’m doing fine keeping to that schedule.
I told those around me – including my husband, mother, and friends – that I was taking on the NaNoWriMo Challenge. I even asked my boss at Camden Real Estate to keep me off the duty schedule for November.
Finally – I signed up once more on the National Novel Writing Month website. I’ve read through the supportive emails, and even went to a kick-off meeting of other midcoast WriMos.They gave me a cool sticker which I put by my computer.
I know I have an advantage over other newbies, in that I’ve already written comple
te books – six, to be exact – and fortunately all have been published. But can I write a complete book in one month? (Actually – 28 days. I want to finish before Thanksgiving.)
We’ll see! Stay tuned for my next post on my efforts on November 19th.
In the meantime – have any of you ever tried NaNoWriMo? Have you ever thought about it?