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30 Days Later

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It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for me to report my results on NaNoWriMo. But the truth is, I have very little to tell you, since I kinda, sorta gave up on the whole thing. Heh. ‘Tis what happens when you jump into a giant project like that without an actual plan. A few days and 5,000 words into it, I realized I had zero motivation to keep going. But you know what? I don’t consider this a complete defeat. I now have a whole year to think through this, and in doing that, I hope to develop a clearer, more tactical plan for next year. Besides, at the end of the day 5,000 words are better than 0, right? So here’s to next year, and here’s to progress – even if it’s only in the form of a whisper.

30 Days and a Shitload of Words

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1,667 is a pretty big number. So is 50,000. Especially when those numbers refer to words, and in this case, they do. I just committed myself to NaNoWriMo. What the heck is that, you ask? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. My friend Sarah introduced me to this lovely yet brutal project, and after some brief thinking and discussing, I decided to sign up. So beginning November 1st, I will immerse myself in a one-month long novel-writing project, in which I must complete 50,000 words over the course of 30 days. That translates to 1,667 words per day (that is if I consistently write each day…).

Uh-oh…that’s what you’re thinking, right? Don’t worry, I’m thinking it, too.

Thankfully, though, ‘crap writing’ is totally acceptable, even encouraged! Quantity over quality is key (which basically goes against everything I believe in, but this time, it makes perfect sense). Regardless of the quality of one’s writing, the project encourages discipline in the life of the writer, and Lord knows I need help in that particular department! I’m the worst when it comes to being disciplined with—well, any of my artistic endeavors, really, but particularly with my writing. Especially lately. I often have ideas but rarely feel motivated enough to put them down on paper (or onto the paint canvas or whatnot). So here’s my chance. No excuses this time! Will I fail? Will I succeed? I guess we’ll find out.

That brings me to the issue of subject matter: what in the world do I plan to write about? So far I have one idea, but I’m not quite sure if it’s “the one.” But the clock is ticking, so I need to make up my mind pretty quickly. Let’s hope the light bulb turns on between now and November 1st! And if any of you have any ideas in the meantime, feel free to shoot them my way! Also, I’d like to ask that ya’ll pester me about this as often as possible. I need the accountability. The more you bug me, the more likely I’ll sit down and actually write, even if I’m only writing crap. But, alas, something is better than nothing. So, as I’ve already said, bring on the crap!

[Click HERE for more info. on the official project!]