NaNoWriMo 2012: So Close!

The minute it was out of my mouth I knew I was tempting fate,”I should be hitting 5ok Saturday.” Oh, NaNoWriMo 2012: So close! I could almost taste it. But by days end the count is 47434.

Well, sure I could have, and would have made it to 50k today had I not woken Friday with a killer headache and day one of whatever virus had felled my youngest daughter early in the week. Head pounding, joints aching, I barely made it downstairs to the couch. There I lay for the next six or so hours until my family returned from school and work and took pity on me fixing me up with a few cups of strong tea.

I managed to rally around eight o’clock feeling much better but mainly driven by the promise to make chili and a chocolate cake for those who were coming to our big Saturday write-in. Good thing I came through—we had eleven writers toiling away at the Hamilton/Wenham library from 10 to 3:45 today.

Many words were written. Stars were awarded—who knew grown-ups could be motivated by little shiny stars? What’s really amusing to me is how grossed out some of them were when I explained how we’d line up at the teacher’s desk at the end of day and they would lick the red, blue, gold or silver foil stars to affix them to our foreheads. We’d run home so proud of ourselves, showing them off to our mothers and grandmothers.

With less than three thousand words to go I’m almost positive I’ll be hitting that 50k thresh hold at the Barnes and Noble Peabody write-in tomorrow. Or famous last words?


NaNoWriMo 2012: Day Fourteen

NaNoWriMo 2012: Day Fourteen! Two weeks in and it’s time to reflect a bit on what’s been happening.

We are having a great time here on Boston’s North Shore. Writers all over Essex County are showing up at the write-ins, powering through the usual writer distractions such as gainful employment, the internet, laundry, cookies, children, pets, bills, television, pinterest, chocolate, clouds, dust bunnies, chocolate—wait, what was I writing about? Coffee, tea anyone?

Thankfully the election is over and we can refocus our energy on the task at hand: Thanksgiving.

No! Seriously, leave that to your mother-in-law, or sister, or brother or spouse—anyone else. Really, they will get food on the table without you. And no feeling guilty for stealing twenty minutes away from family time to get a word sprint in. I’m a super slower typist but I can pound out 45o words in twenty minutes. Do not neglect your word count just to get updated on your cousin’s latest exploit’s: the trial and tribulations of emu farming, or hear tell of your Great Aunt Martha’s Bunion surgery-which she posted all about on her blog and is happy to read to you.

Give yourself a goal next week. No pie for you! Until you hit…?

As for me mon frere, I will be done by this weekend. I gloat because I can. You want to gloat, get writing.



NaNoWriMo: The Plot Thickens

Our ML Sara, aka Disquiet, arranged for three pre-NaNo gatherings to help our region’s WriNoShores prepare themselves for the coming apolcalypse  National Novel Writing Month, formally known as November.

Much to our surprise and delight a whole lot of intelligent, funny, nervous, and bewildered writers turned up to Saturday and Sunday’s meetings. I can’t tell you what…oh wait, yes, I can tell you, what a boost to our morale it was to have everyone there and I think all the participants felt the same. In other words—”THAT WAS WICKED!”

I found the conversations and questions to be stimulating and helpful, even when I was the one answering them. Having to explain something forces you to think about it clearly so even when you are comfortable and feel like you know what you are doing, attending these kind of meetings can be inspiring and offer a comforting sense of community. That can be especially important when engaged in such a single-minded pursuit as novel writing is.

Sara is doing a super job. She’s speaking to the groups (when I’m not interrupting) about the process of writing 50k in 30days, she has had packets for everyone to help them get started plotting and developing character, she’s arranged write-ins for every day of the week, engaged more of our local libraries to participate, and has planned a kick-ass, Kick-Off Party for next Sunday complete with a Grand Prize Raffle and Writerly Booty. Big “WooHoo!” to Sara.

Off to one more pre-planning meeting today, then I’ll report back Monday on how the Kick-Off Party went.

Keep Writing.

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