Month: November 2013

NaNoWriMo – InSaNoWriMo

This year I am actually participating in NaNoWriMo, that crazy opportunity for would-be novelists to crank out a novel (50,000 words) in 30 days (November 1 through 30). I have been aspiring to this endeavor since 2000. Today is day 12 and I am keeping up (20,206 words). The only mistake I’ve made so far is that I should not have stopped to read my novel. IT SUCKS. My fellow NaNo novelists are so incredibly supportive. Mike says “You can always revise and rewrite later, you’re doing great!”  Warren says “Sucking is okay. Better than choking with no words at all.” God bless them!

I am really focusing on the 50,000 word goal. I am not giving much thought to whether it is good or bad. I just am so glad to be writing regularly, something I have not been able to do in years. I am determined to hit the mark. I can’t help but notice the timing of my NaNo participation and the fact that both my kids no longer live at home. Does one have something to do with the other? I don’t see how in the sense that, when they were living at home, my kids have been quite independent for sometimes and have been involved in their own lives for quite some time now. Now that they don’t live with Michael and me anymore, it’s different, but not in a huge way. I think the difference for me has been more psychological than logistic. Somehow their departure from the house seems to have affected a change in my priorities. I have had a writer’s block for almost as long as I’ve had the kids.

Oh my God. Am I a terrible mother? I love my kids! It’s not their fault that I haven’t written much in the last 26 years. i mean, if one wants to write then one writes. Right? Right.

I have had a lot of fun getting to know my local NaNo participants. Last Saturday we met up for a group picture in front of the Alamo. Sunday we met up at the Olmos Bharmacy for a 3-hour write-in. Participating in the group activities suddenly made me feel like I can actually accomplish this craziness.

I’ll definitely do it again this year. I am hoping we InSaNoWriMo’ers can meet up during the rest of the year too. I highly recommend NaNoWriMo participation.