Thursday, November 6, 2008

Call me ambitious. Or crazy. Your pick.

So this month is going to be a biggie for me. In addition to regularly updating this blog, working full time,trying my damnedest to keep my children healthy alive and nurtured and trying to get back to the gym occasionally, I've decided to take on a new challenge.

November is National Novel Writing Month, as you may or may not know. Some insane writing genius came up with the idea about 10 years ago to catapult would be writers into to becoming writers. Wait, there are no actual catapults involved, just a writing deadline. The challenge is to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I know, crazy for a full-time full-timer to take on, but I'm going for it. So far I haven't dedicated enough time to it, and I've already scrapped the first idea in favor of my second. And I personally think I have the makings for fun novel project. That said, I'm making my commitment public because I need to keep the pressure on, or I'll end up just dropping it. And that would be bad. If you are interested in getting more information on the project, or donating to NaNoWriMo (who puts that money to use in schools encouraging creative writing), go check out www.NaNoWriMo.com. If I finish, and if I think it is at all worth sharing, I might just do that. But I firmly reserve the right to weasel out of that if I think it is crap.

9 comments:

Mrs. F said...

YeAHhhhh, I am going to go with "CRAZY!!!"

Good luck!

geekymummy said...

you are crazy, but I envy your craziness, and I'm totally going to do it next year. I've had my novel sketch in my head for years. I think this is a really cool idea. And I think your novel will be awesome. Am I in it?

followthatdog said...

Geekymummy, yeah you are kind of in it. We both are. Not us literally, but parts of us. Now that I've said that I hope you aren't insulted when, wait IF you ever read it. It is us, and every other perfectionist mom exaggerated.

zenmom said...

*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

Just cheering you on, because, wow, that IS ambitious. I have two small boys myself, so I know how much time and energy they take. Good on you for doing this! And good luck!

Corina said...

Wow. I actually worship the dedication, organization, time management skills, and dedication this all must be taking. I know that I am not writing all that well and keeping my kids sufficiently engaged in activiites for NaBloPoMo. I am working on it.

I hope that you are enjoying yourself. And I am sure that the rest of us will be reading it one day!

Marinka said...

Good for you! That's really exciting. And if you could squeeze in a novel that you can ghost write for me, too, I'd really appreciate it!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Good luck! And I would have to say yes this is a little crazy but I look forward to reading the finished work.

Natural said...

I haven't made my commitment public other than throwing the badge on my blog. I never planned to finish as this was a huge task for me to jump into at the last minute, but I feel great about trying. I'm on chapter 1 and I'm having some difficulties so I'm working on my outline to help me move through it faster. I like the motivation though. Wish it was done more than once a year, but I will continue with it. Well best wishes to you and your attempt.

Anonymous said...

I think that next year when I am settled into this "FULL TIME" gig, I will give it a try.

If your first novel sucks you could start a series and call it "My Sucky Novel" then be Part 1 Part 2....blah, blah, blah....

Mrs. Tantrum

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