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Monday, November 17, 2008

A Whole Month!!

I know! It's been a month since I've posted my last blog and this one is just an update. I've been participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) It's the craziest thing I've ever done! (come on, you're talking to me - prior to this, the fried twinkie was the craziest thing I'd ever done....interesting how it always comes back to that. )

ANWAY, NaNoWriMo challenges you to belt out a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. WooHoo! then, *sigh*. That is a whole lot of friggin' words, my friend.

I'm just over half way there, though. I'm at 25,139 at this moment (that's 61 pages in Word), but life is about to get a whole lot crazier for me. I leave on an airplane in less than 48 hours to go to Georgia, then drive to North Carolina for my little bro's wedding. I won't get back home until November 30th. NaNoWriMo will be pretty much over by then.

So, I thought about quitting. It's not like you win anything. You get a little star by your name so everyone else knows you did it. Also, my novel is turning out to be a bunch of hooie (not quite sure how to spell that one). It started great and then, well, the hooie ensued. Who wants to read hooie - much more, who really enjoys writing hooie?! Okay, now it's becoming just about how many times I can write hooie.

ANYhooie, I'm not going to quit. I could be doing a bajillion different things, but I'm going to keep writing. I'm also pretty dang determined to finish this novel. As stinky as it is, it's a first draft. My editor side of me is really getting angry, but I won't allow myself to re-read anything. Accomplished authors always started out with a first draft and I've heard some say that their first draft was awful too. So, I'm gonna keep typing away. I really think there's a diamond in that hooie. I just have to keep picking away at it and then, I'll get to polish it later.

MAN! I just realize I wrote 351 words up there! Do you think I'd be allowed to add that to my word count? Have I become obsessed?! You betcha!
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