Last year I signed up for nanowrimo. And finished in 21 days.
It is an interesting concept. Basically it is a dare. You dare yourself to write 50,000 words towards a novel, hopefully including a beginning a middle and an end – in one month. The month of November. No-one but me reads it. No-one even particularly cares if you get the 50,000 words, except you. Me. And when you load your novelette at the end of the month and the machine counts it and you have enough words, there is the sound of many hands clapping and you get a cyber sticker. But they will never know me. The challenge of nanowrimo is a personal challenge. I challenge myself. The BEST kind of challenge.
But I wrote very fast last year which is not unusual for some people we know – I love Bills writing – especially his poetry ( I have linked you to his new photography blog because I love that too and he gave me my Camera House – so it seems just as appropriate) but pretty unusual for me. I am not usually a fast writer – I blame Bill for that too. He taught me to type with my eyes closed.
So this time I have started 10 days late to up the ante somewhat. There are 30 days in November. So I have 20 days to write 50,000 coherent words.
It was rainy yesterday then it snowed. Not a good day for drying winter hay but a great day for writing.
I love a challenge. Don’t you love a challenge?
I do write, every day, of course. The big work is progressing. But nanowrimo is like a wee holiday because it is writing without pressure. It is just words. 50, 000 gorgeous words.
This story has a working title of The Thoroughly Modern Witch. It is about a mother and her teenage daughter. Though set in an inclement, volatile future with a supporting cast of beautiful old retainers in a deeply gorgeous crumbling estate falling slowly into the sea. There are cows of course – sheep, and dogs and a black cat. And an island. Enchantment. Banishment, and English teachers. But mostly it is about a girls awakening to her mother’s power. And a mother who will take on a lion to save her daughter then a daughters discovery of a fierce will to save her family. And that daughters need for her father and as the mother and daughter finally join forces the enchantment lifts and they seek him together.
So I may be a wee bit absent in the coming weeks, but deeply present all at once.
And oh yes, I will still be here with you every day. The farmy must go on you know. Just a few less words on the blog pages and a little less editing!!
Have a lovely day
your friend, celi