NaNoWriMo: Writing fools

Starting tomorrow, November first, I’ll become a writing fool. I’ve decided to participate, along with thousands of other writers, in “thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” I’m going to write a novel!

NaNoWriMo badge

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, in which each contestant who writes a 175-page, 50,000-word novel by November 30th wins. What is the prize? Finishing a novel. Oh, and I get to put a badge on my website that says I did it. I also get to join the ranks of people who have written a book. I hope to grow as a writer, and there’s always the possibility that I’ll write something worth trying to publish.

The idea is to produce the novel from scratch without revising. Somewhere, on the website for NaNoWroMo, I read the words, “Shitty, dirty, first draft.” That sounded scary, but liberating. I know myself to be a neurotic reviser: I don’t necessarily revise every word I write; usually, I write a paragraph or so, and then I revise. And I revise again every time I start reading from the beginning. Not this time.

I’ll have to write 1667 words a day. I’ll let you know how that works out, if I have time.

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About Myra

I'm retired in Costa Rica, having lived in Philly, State College, Salem Mass, and Kawagoe Japan. You might call me a career gypsy, but my last and best job was teaching English to some of the best and brightest kids in Philly. I'm new to blogging and websites, and will probably make all the mistakes there are, but now I'm sharing my writing. I moved to Costa Rica in June of 2009 with my husband Jack, my dog Buddha, and Jack's two cats, Hobbes and Noir.
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