Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2018
Posted on September 22, 2018
I built this page about a month ago and haven’t published anything substantive yet. Honestly, I’m still deciding what this blog will be and what I want to include. Should I post political rants? Poems? A political poem? Maybe I’ll leave the political rants to my twitter.
Expect short stories, novel updates, and links to bookish things I enjoy in the future, but right now I’m busy! “On what?!” you ask. Well, NaNoWriMo prep. You may have heard of a little thing called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) If you haven’t heard of this phenomenon, you can read about it here. The basics are: you bang out 50,000 words in the month of November.
I know what you’re thinking, “But Angela, you have all kinds of time to write! Can’t you take your time?” No. Here’s why:
- I home school three girls. (I’ll blog about this more in the future.) Ages 15, 11, and 8. I’m a busy lady. That’s three different maths, language arts, sciences, social studies, different levels of Spanish. By the end of the day, I’m tired, y’all. This gives me a chance to focus the writing energy. Part of my prep has been figuring out how to carve time out of the day to make these 1,667 words per day happen!
- I am a Grade-A Procrastinator. I have an excuse for every season:
Oh, I can ALWAYS do that NEXT year. After I lose 20 pounds. When I’ve organized my library. I need to clean out my car. Oh, my husband is home. Oh, my husband is gone on business. I need to paint my toes.
YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN???
- To prove I can. It’s that simple. I’ve had story ideas floating around my head for twenty years, and I’m letting them loose. This fast and furious deadline should spur my writing in ways that promises to myself haven’t.
I declared my novel on NaNoWriMo’s site, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to declare it here also. My novel is called Jean. I’ll have a synopsis up eventually, but I will say it’s a dystopian science fiction with a female protagonist.
I’m having a blast developing the world of my novel, and I can’t wait to share it with you as it emerges.