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Monday, November 4, 2013

Because Sometimes You Jump in Even When You Know the Water is Cold

So, although I have not officially signed up (because I am official enough in my "real" life that I try very hard to be unofficial in all other aspects) I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time in...forever.  Maybe.  I can't remember the last time I did it.  November has traditionally been a very hard month for me.  In the past, when my daughters competed in Irish Dance, the competition which qualified them for the World Championships was always in November. It included travel and lost of driving to practices, lots of "team mom" responsibilities, etc.

Thus, in the past November was mostly about survival. (If you are a dance mom or a team mom, you know what I am talking about.  If you are not, well, count yourself lucky!)

True, I would occasionally work on revisions, or attempt to finish something I'd already started, but I've never been a full-on participant.

But I am now.

But that is not enough.  No.  I am doing PiBoIdMo, too.  (I must come up with one Picture Book Idea each day this Month.)

(That's where the jumping in cold water metaphor comes in--even though I know it is crazy to commit to TWO month long writing projects--I am doing it because if you don't jump into the crazy cold water sometimes, you will find that the pool (or lake or whatever) has frozen over and you have to dig through the ice just to get there.  Ice digging is hard work.  Far better to just suck it up, hold your breath and cannonball in.)

Now, to be honest, I don't expect that I will finish my novel.  But if I can get about 30k over the span of a month, I'll feel pretty good about it.

And as for the picture book ideas, I might just end up with 60!!

Any other fellow NaNo-ers out there?  PiBoIdMo-ers?



Anonymous said...

Hi, Shelley. You are going to be very busy this month, aren't you? Best wishes! I'm not doing NaNo this year. I signed up for some health webinars and they are keeping me busy.

Laura Marcella said...

I'm doing NaNo!! My username is Sunshine21. I'm feeling good so far; it's not until week 3 that I start feeling drained. But I've got a good head start on my work count so far and hopefully I'll breeze through until the end!

I just heard about PiBoIdMo. Very cool! I hope you come up with many awesome ideas!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

No NaNo for me this year. I've made it to Seattle with my stuff and my daughter, so that's huge. Now I've got to unpack it all and find fellow writers. I haven't written a word on the novel for months. :( I hope my characters haven't forgotten me...