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NaNoWriMo: I might actually do this sucker

November 7, 2011

For the third or fourth time, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve taken part before, but usually in a cheat-y way where I just piggyback on the crazy NaNo energy to get a bunch of words written in whatever book I’m already writing. Frex, I finished my 2009-2010 book during a NaNo November, which amounted to about 25,000 words in that one month, and I was pretty happy with that.

I went into it this year with the same waffle-y kind of idea. “I’ll sign up, but I don’t know — 50,000 words in a month? Doesn’t seem likely. I’ll just shoot for 20,000 or so, and maybe the energy wave will push me a little further than that.”

But, we’re through day six, and so far… I’m doing it. I have written nearly 12,500 words in six days. And it doesn’t feel like it’s killing me to do it.

In fact, I’m enjoying it. There really is something to the NaNo experience that makes you let go of all your angst and worry and agonizing about word choice and sentence structure and just GO, and I’m finding that very refreshing.

Now — we’re only six days in. November is sure to throw me some curveballs, not least of which is a long week of travel around Thanksgiving. So I’m not anywhere close to claiming victory yet. But for the first time, I feel like maybe this is possible. Maybe I really can end the month with 50,000 words.

All I really know is, I’m going to try.

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