I am like a giddy girl before her prom or first date. I am two days away from embarking on a 30 day adventure in to literary abandonment. 30 days of working up a sweat about descriptions, pouring out blood over plot and dialogue, cracking up with laughter when characters decided to practice free will, and crying myself numb with tears when writers block strikes await my future.
Other NaNoWriMos have writing parties planned and gatherings to help with motivation, I have no such plans. Writing for me is a solitary act. I just can’t see sitting somewhere with other people writing. I know that works for some but not for me. I may go to the library or a coffee shop to write. Something about sitting in the company of strangers is soothing to me. The sounds of soft chatter of people or computer keys gives my creative brain a rhythm for writing. Strange how things make creating easier and familiar. At home must have a television on in another room or radio playing if I am home alone. I just can’t write in complete silence. Better than artificial sounds are the sounds of nature. Soothing and thought-provoking in an entirely different realm of being. Birds chirping and the wind blowing through the trees takes my writing self to another place where my muse is waiting for me to give it some attention or whack me on the head.
The goal of completing a novel in 30 days is not to have a perfect specimen of literary genius at the end, but to have something that resembles a novel. I hope that at the end of the month of work that along with very sore and tired fingers I have a novel that will be worth the investment of polishing up for publication. Think about that? Maybe, just maybe there is somewhere in my brain a character as intriguing as any character in a great novel with the ability to attract millions of readers. One can hope. Maybe the pressure of writing on a tight deadline is just what I need to yank that charter out of the recesses of my creative closet.
Have you always wanted to write a novel, why not now! Consider the challenge of writing a 50, 000 word novel in 30 days. Think of the feeling of accomplishment if you by some chance pull it off. You will have the right to brag about your completed novel and they even have a t-shirt too!