Another November…

Another jump into the suicidal oblivion of NaNoWriMo!

I’m excited. This year, it’s going to be a true challenge. Not just the writing part of it, which of course is a challenge in and of itself, but schedule wise, it’s probably the most inopportune time to try and write 50,000 words. But, I don’t care! This is my time to prove to myself that despite where I am in life, I can make this author career work.

So, as soon as I awoke today, (later than I’d scheduled, of course, because that’s just my luck), I gathered some food and a HUGE jug of water and have it spread around my work desk. Ha ha. I’m in between a writing challenge right now, I so have to hurry and get back. I’ve started my opening scene and two of my characters are from another story, so they’re really well developed already, and really strong. Meanwhile, my heroine, the new girl, is drowning a bit in their presense. So I have to go bulk her up.

I leave you with this thought (from my NaNo newsletter):

As the great Nelson Algren once said, “Any writer who knows what he’s doing isn’t doing very much.” Most really good fiction is compelled into being. It comes from a kind of uncalculated innocence. You need not have your ending in mind before you commence. Indeed, you need not be certain of exactly what’s going to transpire on page 2. If you know the whole story in advance, your novel is probably dead before you begin it. Give it some room to breathe, to change direction, to surprise you. Writing a novel is not so much a project as a journey, a voyage, an adventure.

Good luck NaNo-ers!

4 responses to “Another November…

  1. Happy NaNo’ing, Isabelle! ^_^ I thought about NaNo first thing when I got up this morning. I’ve decided not to partake this year… I think I might not survive the stress of it, along with the other things going on now.

    So here you are, my first pompom swish of the NaNo race. Good luck, hon!

  2. Well I decidedly LOVE that quote! hahaha You know that that’s exactly the kind of stuff I’ve been worried about, what with Hugo and all. Haha. 😉 Good luck to you, hun. I think we’ll kick NaNo in the pants.

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