Okay, this post has nothing to do with Mork and Mindy. But his greeting always comes to my mind with I think of NaNoWriMo.
I remember making my first writing friends at the ACFW Conference two years ago. One of the things they often asked me was if I was doing Nano that year. Being a newb, I had no clue what it was. After doing some research, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I had just completed Soul Yearning and was knee-deep in the Port Yonder Press short story mentoring groups. During that time, I wrote a flash fiction piece about Mander, the main character of another book I wanted to write. I figured Nano would be a great time to take a break from editing Soul Yearning to start Mander’s book. It worked great.
For three days.
I was a good thousand words ahead of schedule. But then disaster struck. I placed in the top 3 for Novel Rocket’s Speculative contest. I didn’t know whether I was 2nd or 3rd. I just knew I didn’t win. While most people would have been excited, I was in a weird spot at that time of my life. The rejections from ACFW appointments had left a bit of scar tissue (my skin wasn’t very rhino-like at that point). And while I should have been blown away that I placed so high in the contest, it ripped open that scar tissue more than I thought it could. My writing came to a screeching halt.
During Thankgiving break, the Lord dealt with me and I was able to tap away at my keyboard again. I didn’t hit 50,000 words, but I got my story started. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get derailed again next year.
So, here I am. Three days into Nano 2012. I’m about 500 words behind right now due to an unforeseen hospital visit with my daughter (She’s fine – she just had a weird reaction to getting strep that frightened us enough to take her in). But, I’ve written every day. I tend to be a binge writer. I write or edit massive chunks for a week, then barely eek out two sentences the next. I’m hoping Nano will help me to find a bit more moderation.
Plus, I’m excited to start Book 2 of the Godslayer series. After editing Soul Yearning into the dust, it was so refreshing to come back to Albione’s story and begin his next journey. Lots of people have great ideas. Nano seems to be a good way to start getting them written. So, what about you? Even if you’re not doing Nano, have you started writing about the new, exciting idea you have? Let me know!