01 November 2009

Here We Go, NaNo

I signed up for National Novel Writing Month this year. I did it in 2007, and actually completed the 50,000 word requirement. What I wrote was hideous and, later when I tried to revise it, I found I couldn't even condense what I'd written into a decent short story. It was that bad. The focus of NaNoWriMo is quantity, not quality, of words. Just get what you can down and then -- aha! -- tell everyone that you did it, that you wrote 50,000 words of fiction and you are that cool.

So I signed up again this year but figured I'd cheat and modify it. What if I just plan to write 50,000 words in November, without the common thread of a novel? What if I just sit my butt in the chair and write? That was my plan.

Ahem, it is my plan. I have plenty stacked against me -- the last month of teaching, my mom's visit next week, Thanksgiving, being dead-tired exhausted from having mild insomnia, taking care of the babe -- so I don't know what to expect. And, though I don't want to always be involved in a project, I'm giving this one a shot. Why? Because I'm a writer. Because when I read this, it made my heart leap. Because I studied writing in college, then quickly abandoned it in favor of "living" (aka. watching TV and drinking beer).

Most importantly, I plan to do it because it's something that's mine, that makes me feel like myself, that makes me feel alive, and that should, in turn, make me a better version of myself.

Feel free to check on my progress and be sure to root me on!


Sophia said...

wow that's great Lindsay!
I was an English Ed. major at Roberts. I have an appreciation for literature and the English language, but you definately have a passion for it! :)
Good for you for keeping an important part of your identity that is yours, apart from being mom and wife (which are both wonderful, but I am sure you know what I mean. :)

Kristyn said...

I decided to sign up at the last minute after thinking I probably wouldn't participate in NaNoWriMo again. (I wrote the 50,000 words in 2007 but never looked back at them because they were so terrible.) It's hard to resist the energy and excitement of so many people trying to write in such a big way.

I like your idea. Good luck writing 50,000 words. And thanks for posting the link to the essay about Annie Dillard.