And so it Begins – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2011


“30 Days and Nights of Literary Abandon”

My last NaNoWriMo experience was not so great. We had just moved down to Wilmington, NC (actually on Nov. 1) and despite being busy we the move and becoming acquainted with a new area I tried my hand at NaNoWriMo 2009. I did not finish. I have the incomplete manuscript somewhere in my ‘Writing’ folder in Dropbox.

The previous November, 2008, I did finish successfully. I had some 57,000 words and finished early (I believe on 11/27). It was awesome. I loved every minute of it…and was exhausted. I completed the challenge but did not pick up my novel until December of 2010. After collecting digital dust for two years I paid the $25 to have every page printed so that I could mark it up with a red pen. That lasted for a few days. And now it has continued to collect real dust for eleven months.

Now, 2011. A new year. A fresh start. A blank page.

What will this year bring? What characters will emerge? What will the plot be? Only time will tell for all of the above, and that time has begun. Tonight, despite a crazy day, I am will not rest my eyes until I see a word count of 1,667.

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