It’s November and once again I face the dreaded question, “To Nano or Not to Nano?”
For those not tormented each year by the looming challenge of Nano, let me explain. Nano is National Novel Writing Month and if you write or have friends who do, it is the one month each year that is greeted with tears, mad laughter, nerves and for those into pain, joy! Sometimes the entire plethora of emotions will ride you like a demented roller coaster ride. The goal—write 50,000 words of a novel by the last day of November. You read that right—FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS.
To give you an idea of what that means, my second book is at 405 pages and 114,000 words.
It’s a lot of words people. Here’s the kicker—YOU CAN’T EDIT. Yep, no editing allowed. You sit, you write and you don’t let your inner editor say a damn word. Sound easy? Have you ever tried to get that annoying friend who can’t resist giving you advice on everything to shut up? How successful were you? Multiply that by ten and your inner editor is cackling madly at your impotence.
So as November loomed on the horizon, I had to make my yearly choice-do or not do. I ran through my list of upcoming commitments:
Shadow’s Edge, my very first book, was coming out at the beginning of November
I had 15 guest blog posts to put together, send out, and then remember who and where I was for the next few weeks of November.
There was the book signing for the non-fiction anthology to go to.
There was the pesky little thing known as the job that pays the bills.
I needed to finish and begin editing the 405 page monstrosity of my second book so I could offer it to the other Evil 6 for evisceration.
The Prankster Duo have pretty much threaten to up their rebellion if I don’t acknowledge them at some point and help with the looming education projects coming down the road before Christmas break.
My knight-in-slightly-muddy-armor was requesting face time.
I could not miss my BFF’s graduation—that wasn’t even an option.
Sprinkle in the normal monthly requirements—meeting by the light of the moon with the other Evil 6, visits to local witch doctors before my knight’s lungs decided to created their own mucus nightmares, the hellhound required claw trimming and defurminating, etc.
Oh yeah, and there’s this holiday in here somewhere.
So call me wimpy but I decided to bow out of Nano this year. Doesn’t mean I haven’t suffered unmitigated guilt ever since though. Somehow I should have found a way to squeeze in 1500 words per day. I’m a writer, damn it, it shouldn’t be so hard.
On the positive side, my guilt has encouraged some great ideas for the third book and maybe a whole other story line…hmmm…..
I wonder if I could suggest picking a different month next year?
So for all those brave souls trudging through the mire of words this year, I salute you! Go forth, write and be the hero I couldn’t be this month!
Go Nanomites! Conquer the paper and make it bleed ink!