So, November is upon us. And with the falling leaves, brisk wind and blue skies here in Boston comes the season of flying papers, dead highlighters and balding college students. Why balding? We rip our hair out trying to stay sane.
Two years ago I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time and won. I wrote a rather disappointing novel, but I wrote one. The experience showed me that I can write a novel, that it is possible to finish one if I have the proper motivation.
Last year, I knew I wouldn’t have the time to truly participate, so I wrote a short story and called it a day.
This year, it happened to fall that I have three major papers to work on over the month of November. They aren’t due until December, but I figured, why not use NaNo to rebel?
I’m doubling rebelling, as I started writing these early.
And will I reach a total of 50,000 words? I don’t know. Probably not. All I care is that these essays get completed well. And if I’m writing them, might as well take advantage of the little word count chart, eh?
Best of luck to all NaNo-ers, Traditional or Rebels!
9 thoughts on “Life as a NaNo Rebel”
You rebel, you.
Is your new icon thing a self portrait? It makes me smile.
It is indeed! I painted it over the summer–it’s a picture of me dressed up as a Viking. They have Viking costumes at a museum in Edinburgh, so of course I put on the “For 12 years old and under” outfit. XD
Good luck to you all. Wish I was there you, but not this year.
I hadn’t heard of the NanoWrimo thing before. Amazing idea. Took me a full year to write ‘Ghost Road’ so plaudits to you if you succeed in writing one in a month. (always wanted to use the word plaudits in a comment and now I have!)
My novel was a first draft–I have yet to start working on later ones! I’m a bit intimidated by just how much work it will take to get into a decent shape. 🙂
Intimidating is right. You just have to keep chiselling away. I really enjoy writing so its not such agony. I feel like a big kid playing with his train set all day
I love writing as well; my difficulty is that I have too many ideas and can’t quite focus on one long enough to see it to completion.
I’m exactly the same. You have to have a book where you write down all the new writing ideas for a later date. Then forget about them until the current thing is written.
That’s an excellent idea.
I hadn’t thought of that–I keep one book where I write all of my ideas, but keep flipping back and forth between ideas.
I’ll have to try the forgetting until the current project is completed thing.