I am getting my NaNoWriMo on!
What is THAT you ask?
It stands for National Novel Writing Month! And it’s CRAZY!
But today it begins.
And as if that wasn’t enough… I’m also doing my third year of PiBoIdMo! That’s Picture Book Idea Month and it’s a lot of fun. (I’m in it for the people… the ideas are secondary 🙂
Anyway… I successfully completed my 31 Days in 2012 with the Nester which felt like a huge accomplishment for me. I basically wrote as many posts in the one month as I have in the entire life of this blog. What a breath of fresh air it was for me to take time daily to think creatively!
So here I am, November 1… the very next day after I’ve completed October’s challenge… beginning two more.
It’s amazing what can be done with two kids in kindergarten.
Aside from that… I’ve never written a novel and have actually been quite apprehensive to ever do so. However, after some encouragement from a writing coach and my Germany/Austria Regional Advisor, Kirsten Carlson… I’m going for it.
So what does that entail?
Writing 50,000 words in the month of November.
Getting the first draft down.
And telling everyone I know that I’m doing it.
That way I can’t quit.
Because you can all see, with my little widget on the right side, how many words I’ve written and how far I have to go. You’ll know wether I finish or don’t by watching for “participant” to change to “winner” by the end of the month.
So here, borrowed from my SCBWI regional friend and fellow-writer, Lindsey Cole… is the writer’s affidavit for NaNoWriMo.
I, Marcy Pusey, hereby pledge my intent to write a 50,000-word novel in one month’s time.
By invoking an absurd month-long deadline on such an enormous undertaking, I understand that notions of craft, brilliance, and competency are to be chucked right out the window, where they will remain, ignored, until they are retrieved for the editing process. I understand that I am a talented person, capable of heroic acts of creativity, and I will give myself enough time over the course of the next month to allow my innate gifts to come to the surface, unmolested by self-doubt, self-criticism, and other acts of self-bullying.
During the month ahead, I realize I will produce clunky dialogue, clichéd characters, and deeply flawed plots. I agree that all of these things will be left in my rough draft, to be corrected or excised at a later point. I understand my right to withhold my manuscript from all readers until I deem it complete. I also acknowledge my right as author to substantially inflate both the quality of the rough draft and the rigors of the writing process, should such inflation prove useful in garnering me respect, attention, or freedom from household chores.
I acknowledge that the monthlong, 50,000-word deadline I set for myself is absolute and unchangeable, and that any failure to meet the deadline, or any effort on my part to move the deadline once the adventure has begun, will result in well-deserved mockery from friends and family. I also acknowledge that, upon successful completion of the stated noveling objective, I am entitled to a period of gleeful celebration and revelry, the duration and intensity of which may preclude me from participating fully in workplace activities for days, if not weeks, afterward.
So cheers to all of the other NaNoWriMo challengers! And off I go!!!!
* Affidavit originally from Chris Baty’s NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! Novel-Writing Kit.