National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Part One

Well, this year, I have decided to take NaNoWriMo seriously. I have participated twice – sporadically – and have never won. To tell the truth, I haven’t even come close to the 50,000 word “win.”

So, this year, I am going to work on my mid-grade novel. I have the entire thing skeletonized – characters are mostly fleshed out, the major plot points are expressed, and the temporary title (Freak Squad: Wraith For It) has been chosen.

I have a decent computer. And a word processing program.

I have my official Camp NaNoWriMo t-shirt.

I have my No Plot? No Problem book handy-dandy. I’ve finished the prologue and chapter one. And I am taking the advice to heart:

  1. drink lots of coffee,
  2. embrace “exuberant imperfection,”
  3. take breaks from the computer (body as well as eye-ball),
  4. stay busy with life as normal and write in those “in between times,”
  5. write with a group that will hold me accountable, and
  6. aim for those 1667 words per day – even on the hard days (and there will be hard days).

And I have hatched a plan to read a chapter a day for the next 8 days.

Now? To write. Oh wait, I have another 12 days until it starts!!

Waiting by Ha Jin

So, in the meantime, I am enjoying reading Waiting by Ha Jin – which I am reading for my book group on Sunday. It’s absolutely delicious. I made it through the first 1/3 of the book and I absorbed it. To the point where I am, the book takes place in the 1960 – 1980s, during the Communist Party’s strongest influence in China. It is one man’s story about how he defines his life, living, and responsibilities – to family and country. I look forward to the next 1/3, which I will read tomorrow, most likely.

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