Early bird writes for NaNoWriMo

November 2, 2007 at 8:58 am | Posted in Meg, NaNoWriMo, writing | 1 Comment

By the time I post this entry, I will be two days into NaNoWriMo and hopefully still sane. Or at least as sane as I write this on October 30. My sanity is debatable, but that’s for another time.

Why am I writing this early? Because I’m an idiot? Pessimistic? Determined not to let my fellow heartlettes down? Proactive? Had a few minutes to myself? I prefer to be positive in this circumstance so I’ll take any of the last three answers, or maybe even throw in one more: I’m hoping I’ll be so busy writing the story in my head when I start NaNoWriMo that I won’t want to lose one moment writing something else.

Ever feel like that? That you have a story stuck inside of you, taking over your waking moments that it even seeps into your dreams? I love when it happens. When every cell of your body yearns to sit and type so the scenes inside your head become real entities that others can enjoy. When you beg, borrow and steal for time to write. When nothing else matters, but the words flowing from your fingertips.

I’ve missed that as I’ve been stuck inside revision hell. I’ve lost the steam to visit my characters and create their worlds. Everything I rewrite feels wrong or doesn’t fit. The scenes are not flowing and I don’t eat, sleep or breathe Sadie or Derry. Not once in the last few weeks have I missed an exit or gotten lost as I plot in my head. My inspiration for my ms has disappeared.

So that’s why this blog entry is written the day before Halloween since the day after this crazy holiday I enter a new world, appropriately centered on spells and witches, and I cannot wait. My new heroine, Lana, is begging to come to life and her story is haunting me. She longs to kiss her crush, once I figure out his name, of course.

Stay tuned next week and I’ll let you know how it’s going. And chime in if you’re doing NaNoWriMo to let us know how you’re doing.  Next week’s topic is motivation and we may all need it on week two of this adventure. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, this eccentric word of multiple capitals, please visit Jessica’s blog this week. It’ll explain everything.

Happy writing,


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  1. Meg, how fun that we’ll get to go through NaNo together. Let that story pour out of your head – I can’t wait to hear more about Lana! And on those tough days when the words won’t come, give me a shout so we can brainstorm or commiserate together!

    Let the madness begin!

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