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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
National Novel Writing Month begins November 1. For three years, 2005-2007, I spent frenzied hours typing every day to "win" NaNoWriMo, as it's affectionately known. And win I did, all three times. Just to enhance my accountability, I even blogged about the experience of NaNo. In 2007 I wrote my novel in Second Life, as my alter ego, along with other Second Life residents. You can see photos of that adventure here.
I wished for the leisure to consider and to craft. Because I couldn't imagine jotting up another 100,000 words that languished unconsidered for the following year, I opted out of NaNo in 2008 and 2009. The NaNo years proved to be prudent practice, yes. Excellent authoring, hardly.
If I was going to be doing NaNo this year, I should have begun planning my novel during October. I have not. This year, during the month of November, I hope to be writing a memoir instead. Possibly writing the first draft by hand, to slow the process down. Thinking deeply requires that kind of consideration. This book won't be a sprint. It'll be a marathon. It won't be "done" on Nov. 30. If I'm lucky, I'll have a reasonable, readable draft in six months' time.