Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm Diving In - Yikes!

Not quite sure if I've crossed the line to insanity, but if I haven't already, I'm sure I'll dance with it at some point this month!

Do you know about NaNoWriMo?  Are you participating this year?  Have you participated in the writing frenzy before?

I've seen the NaNoWriMo badges on blogs since before I began blogging myself.  And with a name like that you get to clickin' and your nearest friendly Google page to see what the heck it is.

So, what is it?  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It's run from Berkeley, California, though people participate around the globe.  And people write a 50,000 word fictional novel in one month.

I had told myself that there was no way I was going to dive in this year.  Maybe next year.  This year?  No.

Um, yea, that went over real well when the NaNo bug started whispering in my ear last week.  And when it had become a deafening roar by the end of the week - you know, just days before the event was set to start - I caved.

I quickly began jotting down story ideas in the car while waiting to pick my daughter up from school and found one that resonated enough, keeping me from running, screaming at the top of my lungs.

And then, I hopped online to figure out what the heck I was getting into.  Yes, I realize I might have approached this a little backwards.  Eh, just keeping life interesting!

While there are over 200,000 participants worldwide, there are a good sized handful of us from Write on Edge getting our novel writing on together.  We have a few veterans, including Cameron D. Garriepy, who is helping us all get our ducks in a row.  And there's quite a few of us NaNoWriMo newbies, like myself.

If you're participating this year, give me a holler & we can be writing buddies.  I'm timecrafted over there.  And if you're not, then please, by all means, send patience, inspiration, nimble fingers, and caffeine!!!

See you in the word pool!


  1. I'm impressed that you're taking this on. Good for you!
    You have some characters and short stories already developed. Will you be building off those?
    Good luck!

  2. I've been thinking and considering and tossing the idea around. Since today is Nov 1, I'm already behind! I might jump in, just to see what it's like to dance with insanity. ;-)

  3. That is so awesome!!! Good luck to you!!

  4. I have wanted to do NaNoWriMo for years.

    I'm afraid my husband might disown me if I spent even more time writing.

    I was going to try this year, but something happened to a good friend and I'm using the time to be there for her.

    I can barely write blog posts right now.

    Next year I hope will be my year, because as the kids get older, it should get easier.... Right?

    Good luck and I'm sure you'll make it! Baby steps one day at a time!

  5. This is such a wonderful task to try, an adventure to decide to take.
    I think it's great so many Write on Edgers are jumping in to hold each others' hands.
    Best of luck!

  6. Good luck with your endeavor! I tried a daily blog posting challenge three times and failed...life just stepped in the way and I had to let it go. I admire anyone with the intestinal fortitude to take on a daily or monthly challenge and try to have a life too. :D

  7. I'm hoping to do it next year - good luck!!

  8. How's it going? Are you still a little nervous, or enjoying it and glad you started? Very happy myself that you're doing this writing "challenge"!


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