Friday, October 28, 2011

Holy netbook batman!!!

Holy netbook batman!!! Where did November come from?

Sometimes I feel like there is a major disconnect in my brain. I know its almost the end of October. I've solidified my Halloween plans, and bought my plane ticket to go home for thanksgiving. You know, those normal things that go with the end of October...but apparently I forgot that November comes after October. So I was completely taken back by seeing all of these "Advice for NaNoWriMo" posts show up in the blogerspher (I love this word, mostly cause I dont think its a real word and that makes it awesome)

So, needless to say, I will not be doing NaNoWriMo this year. I might re-avow my vow that I routinely ignore, to write every day though. You see, I have this problem with goals. I like to make them, like outlines for stories, and then shove them into my sock drawer where they get forgotten. My sock drawer is my equivalent for a safe. I keep lots of important things in there, like sudaphed and my passport and tickets to shows, and my goal to one day be more organized.

The truth is, I don't find the NaNoWriMo version of novel writing very useful, even though at the same time I find it very useful. I know. That doesn't make any sense, but then look around, how much of this blog has made any sense? I find NaNoWriMo very useful in the fact that I get words down on paper, I create characters and concepts. I write. What I write is completely unusable.The last few time's I've done NaNoWriMo I've ended up with a 50,000+ word character sketch. So, its great because I write, it sucks because I dont write anything that I can use. Perhaps I will come back to it some day, but not today.

See, I think in order to get something remotely useful out of NaNoWriMo, you have to do something that I dont do very well. Plan. If you have a story before you begin, then well, you should have a story when you end, maybe.

My family has an awesome motto for procrastination, and I thought I would share it with you. "Why procrastinate today what you can put it off till tomorrow."

With that I will end with some of the things I learned this week, that I hope to one day turn into full blog posts.

DC Police do not get my sense of humor.
Don't talk to strangers (I learn this like once a week, and promptly forget it)
If a CFO and a Vice President get into a fight, dont get involved. Run away. Screaming. Cry under your desk. In the fetal position
If you give a group two very different openings to a novel, expect to get equal numbers of opposite opinions.

What have you guys learned this week?

Anyone doing NaNoWriMo?


  1. I've learned that the weather doesn't want to let me make plans!

  2. a.) You are correct that bloggerspher is not a word, but blogosphere is. :P (

    b.) I've learned that the blog challenge has worked. There will be a blog about this topic coming soon...

  3. I don't do NaNo. I would come out with nothing but crap if I were forced to write 50k words in a month. I already write everyday (mostly), but I like to really concentrate and take my time when I'm forming sentences. I reserve quick, finger-tapping writing at the speed of light for blog comments. :)

  4. No NaNo for me, that is just crazy pants.

    This week I learned that parking a car and not driving it for 2 1/2 is not a good idea.

  5. I don't do NaNoWriMo either, simply because it encourages rushed work. Quality over quantity, folks. Besides, the number of terrible novels that are done at the end of November is just heart wrenching.

  6. Stuart: Thats what happens when your plans are rigid. If the weather interferes create new plans.

    Loki (Bobby): a) Does this mean I can start correcting your grammar now? b) When?

    LG: NaNo is good for me cause it does make me write everyday which is something I don't already do.

    Terri: I've left my car parked for a really long time...I try to drive as little as possible.

    Bryan/Brandon: Very true, but it is for a good cause. And the number of terrible novels that people write slowly is probably heart wrenching too.