Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNo - We Ain't Talking iPods

For my exciting new thing of the month, I've decided to join the ranks of those who desire to spend the month of November hunched over the glow of their computers late at night hammering out inspiration into beautiful prose. I am of course talking about NaNoWriMo.

If you've never heard of it?

Basically throughout the month of November amateur writers (and even some not-so-amateurs) take it upon themselves to complete a 50,000 word novel in the span of 30 days. Breaking that down, you're looking at writing just under 2,000 words per day. For me, I'll probably be lucky if I can get 100 words per day.

Now, why exactly you ask did I partake of such nerdish insanity that I probably have little hope of actually completing?

1) I am a nerd

2) I'm a little crazy

When I was little I was the only child and me and my parents lived on a block full of households that were probably only inches away from being considered for Medicare. My imaginary friends had imaginary friends (Yes, I was that good.) I would run around the backyard playing scenes in my head that involved secret passages and fairy kingdoms. Oh, the stories I was able to weave in  my vivid imagination...

Well the imagination has never really went away, it just doesn't manifest itself in my running and hiding in people's backyards with a stick for a sword. (That's kinda frowned upon by law enforcement after the age of 10) So instead I find myself attempting to put ideas and words onto paper. The only problem I've had in the past is making them coherent...

A few years ago, I started a story idea that has kept festering and picking at my brain (No, no summary as of yet. The idea is still forming and I'm not ready to share it. Nyah!). I always tell myself I'm going to finish it but I also have a nasty tendency to procrastinate. Those poor characters are probably sitting on their little corner on my jump drive thinking "Alright, already!".

I'm hoping doing this NaNo thing will get those creative juices flowing and get me to finish that idea I started so long ago. I have my doubts that I'm going to be able to make the 50,000 word requirement but I don't think they're going to cut off my fingers one by one if I don't.

I'm hoping also to make this a little exercise in living without regrets. Color me crazy, but I just have this feeling inside me that if I don't get this idea out on paper, don't finish this project, it's just going to be something that I live to regret. I don't want to live my life with regrets any longer. I don't want to be my own worst enemy and the cause of my own failure. It's time to start owning up to that.

I can't guarantee that I'll get this story out and done before my November 30 deadline, but I do make this promise to myself that it will get done eventually.

Bah enough seriousness! Wake up, little minions in my head! There is work to be done... ~hobbles away~

1 comment:

  1. YAY! I think this is so great and I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)