NaNoWriMo Two

It’s that time of the year again when writers all over the world drop everything else and write a novel in thirty days. It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Last year, the first year I participated, there were 200,530 participants, who wrote a total of 2,872,682,109 words. At the end of the month, there were 37,479 winners. You’re a winner if you write a 50,000 word novel during November. There are no word police at NaNoWriMo, you win if you say you do.

I wrote a novel based on a story I knew. I made a list of thirty things that would happen, and wrote one each day, with a little help from friends and family. I finished, much to my delight.

This year, I’m trying something new. I’m making a story up, as I go along. I’m finding it harder than having a baby. Daily, I struggle to write the 1667 words. I assail myself with questions like, what makes you think you can write a novel?  Who on earth is going to find this interesting? What am I going to write next?

I’m behind on my word count this year, but I’m not giving up. What I know is that writers write. And so, I struggle to learn by doing. After all, if it were easy to write a novel, everyone would do it. Right?

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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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