Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

Oh yes, oh yes!

It is that time again.

How many of you have heard of, or attempted the NaNoWriMo challenge? Every year November is National Novel Writing Month and the NaNoWriMo has a special site set up for writing and keeping track of your word count. You can see on my side bar that last year I actually completed the challenge after deciding, four days late into the month, to go for it. Me, and everyone around me, thought I was insane.

Well, there are 13 days left before the challenge starts. I've been contemplating all season if I should try or not. My "to do" list before Christmas is huge. My quilting list is behind. Sewing for the family is stacked a mile high. School is more time consuming this year than ever before. I've joined a gym and spend about 90 minutes a day working out 4 to 5 times a week.

Seriously, do I even have time to even think about it?


Who me?

The problem is if you are a natural-born writer you simply can't resist any excuse to create and go into what Louisa May Alcott called a "writing vortex" from time to time.

The NaNoWriMo challenge is perfect. It is 50,000 words in one month of pure creativity. Spelling doesn't count. Grammar doesn't count. Cohesiveness doesn't count. Good story lines don't even count. The only thing that counts is the number of words. If you hit 50,000 by the end of November then you get a cool NaNoWriMo challenge winner button and the satisfactions that writers are addicted to of creating with words.

They even have a children's and teen's challenge at the same time. My daughter Esther is very interested in that.

I still haven't decided for sure if I will join in this year or not.

The practical side keeps a litany of the above mentioned reasons why I shouldn't take this on. I am totally swamped this fall. It would basically cut out a month of time I have for preparing for Christmas. I really can't afford that.

Can I?

So, the wiser decision would seem to be not to give in to the urge to join this challenge. I will cheer on my daughter, and putter away at my "To-Do" list.

Yeah, right.



Lori said...

I signed up for an account last month. I'm looking forward to giving it a try this year.

I can't wait to hear how your daughter does. Go, Esther!

Lisa said...

Lori, what is your name on NaNoWriMo? Mine is BeehiveScribbler. Would love to "friend" you there!