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National Novel Writing Month: Day One

Today, the first day of November, is important for several reasons (to this blogger: two reasons in particular): yesterday was Halloween (which means: THANKSGIVING IS ALMOST HERE) and today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month.

What is National Novel Writing Month (or: NaNoWriMo, for short)? You, as a participant, write 2000+ words a day for 30 days and; for your reward, you get the satisfaction of a completed first draft!

First Drafts, if you have ever written (or attempted to write) anything, are terrible, awful, no-good, evil, sons of guns.  They are filled with half-baked plans, terrible spelling, incorrect grammar, plot twists that can be seen miles away….  But, there is (of course) the satisfaction of having something completed.

I have participated in NaNoWriMo for (I think) over six years and have never completed the challenge. EVER.  It is depressing and I do beat myself up about it on a regular basis… starting each new year with a renewed sense of purpose and a desire to finally beat this thing into submission.

The cool thing about National Novel Writing Month is that is creates the call for everyone to pick up that pen or sit down at that typewriter and pound out the story that lives inside them.

In fact, I call myself a writer and have only completed one thing since I started writing.  It was, in my own opinion, a fantastic story. It is a simple, little fantasy novel that I (as a 12 year old) created and wrote between the age of 15 and 17.  The whole thing was written and was just beginning to be re-written when the file became corrupted and I was only able to save about 12,000 words out of 75,000+.  It is, I think, the story I am meant to tell.

My gameplan for today is to plug in my computer and, while it is charging, go for a walk (letting the story just flow for an hour or so).  When I get back, everything except Pandora will be blocked (thanks to the handy-dandy SelfControlApp) and I will stay up as late as I need to to get a head start on this.

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