For those of you who are wondering what the heck Nano is, I have the answer for you.
It’s a yearly event where writers from all around the world devote the entire month of November to completing a novel. We sit down, stretch our fingers and expand our minds for the challenge of writing a novel in 30 days. 30 days! It can’t be done, you say, but I say, yes it can and it has been done. I did it last year. My novel, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie was my first Nano novel.
This year I’m attempting to do it again. In fact, I’m twenty days into my Nano novel and it pains me to say, I only have a little more than 20,000 words written. Am I behind you ask? Well, only by 11,000 words! Can I do it? ”I’m givin’ er all she’s got Captain!” as Scotty would say.
I hope I have it in me again this year. But even if I don’t finish there’s one thing that is for sure. I won’t ever give up writing. I may only write 1000 words today and 100 words tomorrow and there will be some days I won’t write one word. But I will never give up writing. It’s inside me like blood inside my veins. It will be there as long as I have breath inside my lungs.
Nano allows us to have fun with writing again. For 30 days we can forget about cleaning house, taking baths and feeding the dogs. It allows us to write without fear that if we don’t stop to edit that last paragraph, our lives will end. In fact, it’s better to not edit that last paragraph because that takes precious time.
So, if you’re still wondering about all the Nano fuss, go to their website and get all the facts at nanowrimo.org.
To all the fellow nanoers out there, good luck. To all you non-nanoers out there who haven’t tried writing a novel in 30 days, give it a shot. What do you have to lose?
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I wish you much love. Oh and if you find a few typos in this post. . . I went the way of all nanoers. . . and skipped the editing.
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