Trying out NaNoWriMo this year!

NaMoWriMoI’ve finally committed (not “been committed” though maybe I should afterward) to write in NaNoWriMo this year. National Novel Writing Month may just be the breakthrough in the mental block keeping me from writing down the characters having silly conversations in my head. I am not crazy, really! Just ask any fiction writers. The characters haunt you. They grow in your brain, becoming three-dimensional with hair color, glasses, heels, quirks, needs and desires.

My biggest block is HOW to write. I am just a little too lazy to write it out longhand because I don’t want to retype it all and yet my computer is where I do my work so I am having a hard time NOT getting distracted when I do think about sitting down to write.

My next biggest block is WHEN to write. I am TIRED at night. I am brain dead when everything else is done in life and I sit down to read or make notes. Little dribbly jotted notes dabble across the page like the drips from an annoying leaky faucet that is rusted shut, unable to turn without breaking, unable to  bring on the flow of life, the flow of the mind.

My last block is WHERE to write. If I use my laptop, it’s wonderfully portable but it’s where I do all my work and so we get back to the whole distraction thing.

But enough excuses. . . . . It’s there, my first novel I mean (and I say first because I have several others if I can just get my rhythm here). It’s on the edge of my brain, flitting around the corners, sleeping at the end of my bed, greeting me when I wake in the morning, riding with me in the car, and knocking me on the brain with each hot liquid dart pouring from the showerhead trying to crack open a schism in a hard-as-a-rock brain, allowing a flood to pour forth. (And, that is hopefully the last time you will see the word “forth” but I don’t promise anything.)

NaNoWriMo, the word alone make you want to write silly, adsurdities that bring on any sort of giggles and guffaws. I have decided to take a break from blogging in November (unless ABSOLUTELY necessary which my work may require) AND take a full day off work each week to get a head start so that the creative juices can get flowing and to plan out the easier tasks for evenings.

I don’t know how this tidy little experiment will work but I joined an online weight-loss challenge a month ago and I am down 15 pounds. I am hoping that I will have the same success moving in the direction I need to go (since I still have 30 MORE pounds to go not to mention 50,000 words with this challenge) and to go there with a community of writers who encourage and work together toward individual goals. (And, I do hope the writing challenge doesn’t work against my weightloss challenge since I will be doing some serious butt-in-chair action. Maybe daily runs/walks can unlock difficult ideas.)

National Novel Writing Month

 Stop by and visit me in November to see how many words I’ve written! I am really hoping there will be progress.

 

Comments

  1. Good for you. I know what you mean about having something in your head you need to get out. Those distraction are hard but you can do it. Wishing you a great writing month.

  2. You go, girl! Sounds like you are on your way and I can’t wait to see what you write!

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