Are you ready for NaNoWriMo & NaBloPoMo?

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Get your fingers revving ladies! November is just around the corner and you know what that means don't you? A whole month full of lots and lots of writing! We're only a few days away from the start of NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo! Confession: I have have never participated in either. To be perfectly honest NaNoWriMo scares the pants off me. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, started in 1999. The goal is that between November 1 and November 30 you will write a novel - a 50,000 word novel! That's approximately 1666 word per day! My reaction to this? Scary. Daunting. But exciting. Part of my problem is that I'm convinced I'd hate everything I'd write, or that I'd write myself into a corner...or...or...any other of the ever increasing or's that pop into my head when I think about this. But that's part of point of NaNoWriMo. It's supposed to be a bit scary. And you aren't supposed to love everything you write. At least according to their about page.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

Again, scary and exciting. It kind of makes me think of a book I read as a kid (I know, you are shocked). I believe it was called Serendipity Summer (my sincere apologies if I have the title wrong, my search skills are failing me and I haven't seen the book since I was at least 14). It was about the girl and her younger brother and the son of an out of town friend who was staying with them for the summer (who was of course the girls age and cute). Their parents had a plan for them - to discover the city (New York of course), to do some educational activities, and, hopefully, to discover something about themselves. The parents had dubbed it the Serendipity Summer. Of course, the younger brother was the smart one and had to explain what serendipity was to the others. Obviously the description stuck with me. He described it as falling into a pile of poop and discovering a unicorn (gee, I wonder why that stuck with my ten year old self...) - finding the wonderful in unexpected places. Why does NaNoWriMo make me think of that book? Because it's about putting out a bunch of words, expecting a lot of them to be crap, but maybe finding something wonderful. Of course, I'm still not going to do it. I'm pretty consistent in being a chicken. Luckily the world, and the blogosphere, is made up of women braver than I. And I really want to read some of the stories. Take The Musings of Wendy Withers. She's planning to write zombie chick-lit! COOL!!!! And of course there are people who wonder about their sanity simply because they'd decided to join. Eloise by the Book Pilesis one of those people.

This year I have gone similarly mad, but am feeling very excited about it. I have had an idea for a story rattling around my head for the past couple of months, which has been very irritating as it has distracted me from the other things I'm trying to write.

Hmm exorcists and zombies...I'm seeing a theme here. If you are like me and are too chicken to join in NaNoWriMo there is another option for you in November. A bloggy option. That option is NaBloPoMo. NaBloPoMo is a simple concept - you have to post on your blog every day for a month. EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hey my American friends, that means Thanksgiving Day too - no time off for holidays or travelling. Please note that I said it was a simple concept, not that it would be easy (despite the fact that I know many bloggers who do this already). It's definitely doable (again I know this because I know bloggers who do this already). Of course I'm sure I'd be reduced to a few days of pooterish posts in which I make various lists (most likely of the books that are on my to be read pile), tell an amusing-only-to-me post about my cat, or if I really can't think of anything much to say, post videos of old Sesame Street episodes starring Kermit the Frog and the Cookie Monster (best duo in the history of that show). I still haven't firmly decided if I'm going to participate this year, after all, I have a few more days to decide and I'm nothing if not a procrastinator. I will leave you as I go off to ponder this whole crazy idea of a month of writing (in all its forms) with some NaBloPoMo participants and a few snippets of their writing. At A Wall of Fish, who, by the way, is doing bothNaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo, I found yet another zombie reference (see, I told you, it's a theme).

I may need to rethink the whole “post in the blog when I wake up” thing though. I’m feeling kind of zombified at the moment, and I mean the Night of the Living Dead type zombie, not the 28 Days Later type. Maybe if I ate some brains, I’d be a little better.

Blood, Guts, & Melodiesis in for an intense month with Med-Surg clinicals AND NaBloPoMo.

The intensity of the next month is starting to sink in a little. I think I might be a little scared, but I know it's going to be over before I know it.

Evil Pink Cupcakerecently posted on why she started blogging.

I started blogging after the craziest 7 months of my life. I had moved from a small town in central British Columbia, Canada to Orange County in California, I was enthralled with everything, the people, their lives, the drama!! After 3 full months there the friend I moved it with and I decided it would be a hoot to move to Oklahoma (seriously it was a really big and really good bag of weed), and so we did! Within 2 months I was hospitalized in the ICU with a serious lung infection and was told that I could honestly die, that my blood had gone septic.

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey is a chicken about this whole thing and blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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