Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween and Pre-NaNo Jitters

Happy Halloween, everyone! Are you dressing up? I think I am. In fact, this year, I'm dressing up as a bestselling author. No, I'm not joking. I'm serious. That's my costume.

Wait, what does a bestselling author look like? In my imagination, I guess a BSA looks like me. Maybe with glasses. Hey, I think it's totally creative. Anyway, I've decided to pretend I'm a kid and go trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. I figure I really need to stock up on chocolate for my upcoming writing sprint.

Are you ready for thirty days of literary abandon?  Get ready, NaNoWriMo starts in a few hours...

Most every participant I know is nervous, anxious, and wondering how we're ever going to force ourselves to finish this challenge. It's definitely intimidating. I'm feeling it myself.  But it's been done before, and will be done again this month by more than a hundred thousand other authors. So, people, we're not alone. This is not to mention my ever growing buddy list. In my one writer's group we've gathered twenty-three participants and counting.

I realize that the chances of all of us actually completing the 50,000 words are pretty slim, but the point is that we're starting, we're writing, and we're giving ourselves permission to write something really bad in order to later come back and turn it into something good. What a trip this is going to be.  No matter what the outcome, nothing bad has ever come from trying right?  So turn on your computers, get out your notebooks and pens, and hide your chocolate stash from the kids, because it's almost go time.

Okay, so pep talk done. Get ready, get set...wait for midnight on Halloween....don't cheat, I'm watching you...GO!

Write like your fingers are on fire!


**If you're participating, I want to hear about your progress. Drop me a line and let me know how you're doing.


L.T. Elliot said...

Jitters? Oh, my jitters have jitteres doing jitterbugs! This will be my first Nano and I'm TERRIFIED. And I listened to the Nano people and PROCLAIMED my involvement, got buddies, and now have to face the humiliation of failure if I should...well, fail! Aaaugh!

Best of luck to you, Nichole! If you find out I died of fear, remember me fondly!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

This is my first one as well. It came at the right time, and I am very excited.

Keith Fisher said...

I am not participating but I wanted to wish you the best of luck.

Cindy Beck said...

Nope,I'm not participating, but wanted to tell you good luck!