Monday, October 12, 2009


Dear Lucy,
November is National Writing month, and I have registered for a class at the local JC to participate locally. Here is the description from the web page:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel
writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page
(50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact
that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are
going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel.
Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

I have heard of it for years and never had the guts, determination, or total lack of sense to do it.
So, I am giving out ample warning: I doubt you will see many blog entries in November. I will either be crying or laughing hysterically throughout November. I will not be cooking the Thanksgiving meal in November.
Get out the IV bottle for feedings and the depends for the other end. I am going in deep!

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