I must be crazy.

1 November 2010

Well.  It’s November.  And I’m now strongly questioning my sanity.

You may have heard of it before… NaNoWriMo.  .. or well, National Novel Writing Month.  The annual event in November.  And well, I’ve finally talked myself into participating.

Why?  … why why why why why…

Um until yesterday, while waiting to get on a bus to go enjoy some football and cuddling with The Bartender, I had no clue what I was doing.  No clue what I wanted to write.  Where to start.  Characters.  Plot? … Again, the overarching theme of WHY? has been incredibly strong the past few days.

But, year after year other crazies like me throw caution and concern for sanity out the window and just pound out 50,000 words (or any meager attempts close to that as we can) before the end of the month.  Why? What do we win?  Self-satisfaction!  Yep.  That’s pretty much it.  Oh, and a shiny badge to put online.

I don’t know about everyone else, but after realizing that my portfolio is overflowing with short stories that maybe, just maybe, I should try to push myself with my writing.  However, um, yeah, if you haven’t noticed, 50,000 words of mildly cohesive story in only 30 days (when you’ve got to fit work and life in there somehow)… yeah, it’s scary.

We’ll see what happens with this.  I’m not expecting the next great American novel or anything.  I would just like to see myself complete a full story that doesn’t resort to absolute absurdity and 15 pages of cupcakes.  (Though honestly, I’d love 15 pages of cupcakes… you should send some my way as soon as possible.)  (Not even joking.  Send cupcakes.*)

I won’t be sharing parts of my story online.  But you can track my word count over in the sidebars — that is, once I get it out of my notebook and into a word document.  Yeah, I can’t start anything in pixels — it has to be hand-written.  Anyway… if you start to notice a severe lack of sanity from me as we get closer to Thanksgiving… well, now you’ll know why.

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo?  Anyone else completely questioning their sanity?

*And seriously. Send cupcakes.  Lots of cupcakes.
**If you want to be writing buddies, look me up under AdorkableMe

  • i was going to… but i think i’m backing out

    • Erini

      Oh come on… Join the insanity with me! … I’m pretty sure I won’t actually reach 50,000 this year… if I do it’ll be a miracle… but yeah, I’m going to challenge myself.

      do it! doooo it!

  • “Must be” crazy? Didn’t we all already know you were?

    • Erini

      okay okay… it’s true. 😉

      I’m sure if people heard about my current travel plans, it might confirm it (even more-so).

  • I must be crazy for saying this, but I’m… NOT… doing NaNo this year. I’m physically and emotionally drained from being sick and injured and haven’t got the energy for it 🙁 Maybe in December for me. But I am cheering you on! It’s insane but I’ve had a lot of fun doing it these last 2 years.

    • Erini

      Thanks! It’s gotten to the point where even on day 4 I need to do some serious catch up… not sure I’ll make it to 50,000… I need Almost 4000 just to break even with the goals thus far! I’m trying to ignore those and just write at my own pace. Luckily Scrivener has been helping… I’m able to write scenes rather than this crazy linear story. I’ve jumped around a lot. AND wrote a sex scene. Take that NaNo! (er, I mean, Suck it, Trebek!)

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