MeWriNoMo

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Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Also known, on alternate days, as MeWriSoPo. Let’s just say National Novel Writing Month is not going well for me. It’s a little like training for a marathon I’m never going to run. All effort without satisfaction and bragging rights.

We are past the halfway point and I have only 8,180 of the targeted 50,000 words. I probably should have opted for NaBloPoMo since I have already convinced myself that, given the motivation, I can crank out a post a day for a limited time.

I seem to be at my best writing in short bursts of about 300 words. (If you have math skills equivalent to 5th grade or higher, you may now divide my actual count by the number of days that have passed in November and see how abysmally long this is going to take me. And that’s if I never take a day off. I have “taken off” approximately 14 of the last 17 days.)

Besides 41,820 words, here’s what I’m missing:

  • A plot. OK, that’s an overstatement. What I’m missing is a compelling plot. One someone might actually want to read.
  • A name for the character who is narrating the story. As dumb as this sounds, it is keeping me from writing my synopsis and completing my NaNoWriMo profile. Which has become a writer’s block. Suggestions, anyone?
  • An attention span longer than 20 minutes.

A little planning would’ve helped. Characters keep popping in and out of my story like drive-bys on the highway. I get a quick glimpse of them, and then they’re gone. And it would help if I could keep myself from being derailed as life happens, because life seems to be happening a lot around here lately.

Excuses, excuses.

(This post is exactly 300 words. See what I mean?)

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10 thoughts on “MeWriNoMo

  1. Hey Sarah! It was so nice to see your message a couple weeks ago in reference to our shared love for writing. Based on the social posts I normally see from you, I would never have known you were a writer, too.

    Anywho, I just heard of #NaNoWriMo for the first time a couple weeks ago. A writer friend replied to a message I sent her, and she asked if I was participating in this event. And, of course, I had no idea what she was referring to. So I investigated. And I’ve concluded that I don’t stand a chance at writing 50,000 words in one month. Heck, it’s taken me 27 months just to get to 85,000+ words. So why even waste the effort!

    I can definitely relate to a short attention span. Never officially diagnosed, but I may have some sort of attention deficit disorder :-). Because as much as I adore writing nowadays, I have a difficult time staying focused for long periods (hence the reason I could never hold a regular sit-at-a-desk job). So frequent breaks are a must for me.

    If I remember correctly (from the message you sent a couple weeks ago), you started a writing project a while back and then abandoned it. Is that right? If so, will you resume it in the near future?

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    • Well, Jay, I’ve started and abandoned several pieces. And I am strictly a wannabe writer, except in my “day job” where I write b-to-marketing and website copy. There, I feel legit. But fiction is a new endeavor and I have much to learn. I figure if I can even get a start this month, I’ll be farther along than I was.

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  2. Hi Sarah! I just say your link at #SITSSharefest and thought I would stop by since I am also participating in NaNoWriMo.

    This was the first time I’ve ever participated and I’m satisfied with my progress so far. I wanted to offer you some encouragement and say you 8,000+ words is more than you probably would have written otherwise. You went for it – for that, you should be proud.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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  3. I haven’t wrote much either, but I did manage to pump out some posts surprisingly fast after I came back from my honeymoon. I’ll take that and call it a success.

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  4. Let’s think about this, in every endeavor we have ever started, did we not, first have to crawl, then walk, and finally run. So take it easy, it is ok to walk a marathon, until you get the training time in, to take off running.

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