I feel I have an obligation to post on my blog today. I guess I do because my blog says, Mon, Wed, Fri. But yesterday was the start of the National Novel Writing Month. If you haven’t started yet, you’re already 3500 words behind.
It’s my third year after two winning years and I didn’t think I would do this again. The pressure is difficult and wives, friends, children, work, chores, and blog posts get left behind. The contest requires the entrant to write a 50,000 word minimum novel in 30 days. That’s just 1667 words per day and sounds easy. Doesn’t it? Actually it was easy for me the first two years. This year is a little tougher. I’m not a writer who can write from an outline. After my initial idea of characters and a plot, I have no idea where the crazy story is going. Usually I get bogged down in the middle so it’s important to get off to a fast start, just in case the dreaded “block” sets in.
Yesterday there were a few chores I couldn’t skip, plus I didn’t want to miss lunch with a very good friend. That meant “late night” writing in to the wee hours.
I’m taking a break now and “freeing” my mind from these new characters I’ll be sleeping with the next 28 days.
One of the kindest things you could do today is whip out your cell phone and text REDCROSS to 90999. Your phone company will add $10 to your bill. You’ll never know it and you’ll be pitching in to help folks who really need it right now.
Enjoy your weekend….or write with me all weekend!