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November 1st

Fall

Happy fall! Happy rain, happy wind, happy mist, happy gray. If your weather is fall-ish right now, enjoy it for me. It’s 75 degress today, perfectly blue-skied and perfectly brilliant. And not fall. I cannot WAIT until Thanksgiving — cannot wait to see rain-streaked asphalt and dripping windows and soggy leaves in the gutters. Okay, I know, I can’t complain about sun. But sometimes I just wish it would rain.

All this to say: It’s November 1st and I am officially resigning from NaNo. I know, how depressing. It hasn’t even started and I’m already giving up. But. People. I have revisions to do now, and I just do not see how there’s going to be time. If it starts raining, pouring, dumping… maybe I’ll just curl up in my room for all of November and get some serious writing done, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

So. No NaNo. To all you who are braving that storm: bravo. You are awesome, and I can’t wait to see you reach the 50k mark in 30 days. May you write and write and write as it rains.

Meanwhile I’ll be revising in the sunshine…

Happy November.

(stay tuned for more agent news tomorrow)

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You’re Invited!

THIS could be yours.

THIS could be yours.

Who: all YOU writers. Written something? Never written something? So what! Sign up! NaNo will change your life.

What: National Novel Writing Month. A.k.a. November, the month that’s made for writing novels. Think about it: it’s raining outside and it’s cozy inside. Your kitchen has coffee mugs and coffee machines and tea bags and chocolate. Your living room has a couch. And you have a blank Word Document that’s just waiting to be filled with 50,000 beautiful, crazy, hastily-written WORDS.

Fun fact: 21 people participated when NaNo started in 1999. In 2007, there were 100,000 participants. I’m sure there were a lot more in 2008 (or at least one more because 2008 was my first year) but the site has no numbers.

Where: Anywhere, of course! But headquarters is www.nanowrimo.org. Check it out.

When: Sometime in the 720 hours between Nov. 1st and Nov. 30th, 2009. I know that 720 hours doesn’t sound like a very long time (I did the math twice, though, so I promise it’s right; you have 720 hours to write in November). It seems even shorter when you consider the goal: 50,000 words. But do the math.

That’s only 69 words an hour.

Only 1600 words a day.

Only 12,500 (roughly) words a week.

Not bad.

Why: Hm, funny how that’s the question I’ve been asking myself these last couple days. I guess I have a few reasons:

  1. I miss writing. NaNo will make me write.
  2. All these sequel-ideas are taking over my head by force. NaNo will get them out.
  3. I really miss writing.

I’m not sure if these are good enough. Considering. But.

How: I have no idea. Let’s find out, hm?

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