I haven’t been writing on the blog for a couple weeks, but I’ve been writing. Oh yes, I have! I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NANOWRIMO. The goal is to write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’m not going to make it to 50,000 words, and I never really thought that I would. Okay, maybe for two minutes I thought I might actually meet the goal. But deep down, I simply wanted to reestablish a writing routine. In the ten years since I graduated with an MFA in creative writing, I have done very little creative writing. I’ve written plenty of nonfiction, lots of research papers, pages and pages of student comments, but very few poems and stories. I’ve missed it, and NANOWRIMO seemed like a good chance to jump back onto that particular horse. Even better, I actually had a story idea that has been floating around in my imagination for awhile.
November is half over, and the big “win” isn’t likely to happen. I’m pretty sure that I would have to hand my children over to somebody and run away to a cabin in Maine to reach 50,000 words at this point. Strike that. I would have to move somewhere without snow because I would need someone to deliver prepared meals to me so that I would not need to leave my computer keyboard in order to feed myself.
Nonetheless, I do not regret participating in NANOWRIMO. In fact, I’m very excited. I’m still writing, and I plan on signing up for Camp NANOWRIMO in July! If you are interested in this nifty challenge, go on over to http://www.nanowrimo.org.