NaNoOhNo What-O?

It is time for me to make a final decision. Will I:

1. Participate in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, where I would have the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel.

2. Participate in NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, where I would publish one blog post per day throughout the month of November.

I have put a lot of thought into this decision. I would really REALLY love to do the novel, but I just don’t think I can commit to this right now. If I were to participate in this, and give my best effort to it, it would mean sacrificing certain things that I am not willing to sacrifice. Sleep, for one. My family; running; weight training; work, for although I wouldn’t do any writing during work hours, my mind and body would be so overloaded that I would likely not function very well. Already there are days when it is difficult to be present at work.

I also know that from completing my first writing assignment with my new writing group, where I wrote two pages of fiction, that creative writing no longer comes quickly or easily to me. I struggled to complete my two pages. And while I ended up being reasonably happy with what I wrote, it took a lot of editing, rethinking, and even one start-over from scratch to get to that point.

While I understand that NaNoWriMo is not about ending with a finished, edited, and perfect piece of work, I also don’t want to have spent an entire month working on a project and ending up with only a piece of garbage to show for it. Reluctantly I am letting go of writing a novel in November.

I am therefore going to try NaNoBloMo, which is going to be a pretty difficult challenge too. The bloggy ideas have not exactly been flowing lately, and I don’t know if I will have sufficient musings that will be worth publishing every day for an entire month. Topic suggestions over the next weeks are most welcome, if you please.

Yes, a post a day is going to be tough. I have not stockpiled posts. Wordless Wednesdays will likely become part of my repertoire; perhaps even memes. Oh look, Dani from Postcards from the Mothership has just posted one that I can take advantage of – Thanks Dani!

I hope you will tune in. I hope I can do this. If I’m successful, you can all buy me a drink on December first. T’will be the season after all.

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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6 Responses to NaNoOhNo What-O?

  1. Lynn says:

    I had such a good time doing NaBloPoMo the past few years. You'll be amazed at how the ideas start flowing once you realize you have to blog every day. I would recommend scheduling your posts for Saturday and Sunday on Friday afternoon as those are the toughest to find time to write. Good luck!

    I am trying to convince myself to do the novel one too, but I couldn't do it for this year. Maybe we should make a pact to have a crack at it next year?

  2. I look forward to following your daily posts! You can do it!

  3. Good luck Finola! I've been trying to write more often as well, even scheduling my posts. I find I get some great ideas for posts all at once and I tend to write them all at the same time!

  4. gryph says:

    Good luck, Fin! I look forward to procrastinating from writing my NaNoWriMo novel by reading your blog instead! 😉

    I'm sooooo not organized to start writing, which technically begins tonight at midnight. Oy!

  5. Karen says:

    I did NaBloPoMo in July and it was hard, but fun. I loved the challenge of coming up with something daily. There were two places that really saved my bacon some days when I was struggling for subjects to write about.

    1 – The Imagination Prompt Generator: http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/, and

    2 – Mama Kat's Writing Prompts: http://www.mamakatslosinit.com/writers-workshop-directions/writing-prompts/

    Best of luck! I can't wait to read your posts this month!

  6. Finola says:

    Thanks All for the encouragement!!!

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