Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Taking the plunge

Yes, that's right my friends, I am taking the plunge into NaNoWriMo.  For the past few years I had seen my friends (both of the RL and Internet variety) blogging about participating in this mysterious NaNoWriMo thing.  I was not sure what it was.  Eventually I figured out it had to do with writing, but that was about it.  Now, since entering the wonderful world of book blogging, I have finally figured it out.  So here I am officially signed up for my first year of participation.  At first I was excited that I would have a challenge that could help me finish my book.  Then I read the fine print (you really should do that before signing up for things.)  I can't use my current writing project for NaNo!  I have to start fresh with something new.  Oh noes!!!  My lighthearted paranormal romp needs more work.  It is not nearly done.  I am focused.  I am determined. And they want me to start something new?  Crazy talk! 

::deep breath::

OK, I can do this.  I can make this work.  So now I have a plan for the month of October: write the heck out of my current project (let's see how many words I can get up to) and plan out writing project #2 for NaNoWriMo.  That is a ton of writing.  I just hope I don't burn out before November 1st.  I wrote a little over 4500 words over the past two days.  Tonight I have decreed that there will be no writing.  I will take a break and work on developing my hero for the NaNo project.  Tomorrow?  Writing.  Thursday?  Develop heroine.  Friday?  Fun time with the girls!  Saturday?  See Friday :)  And then back to the writing.  A little bit of fun. A little bit of planning. Some decent writing time.  Hopefully it will all balance out to me being ready to go full tilt on November 1st.

The really exciting part is that I think I have convinced a couple of the teachers at my school to have their students participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program.  It looks like tons of fun.  The kids get to set a personal word count goals.  There is a writing workbooks that even I want to use to plan my book.  Seriously, this thing has writing activities to develop their characters, setting, internal and external conflict, plot, and just about anything else you can think of.  The only drawback is that they only have a PDF file of the workbook.  You can't purchase hard copies for the students.  Each book is 85 pages long.  That is a whole lot of copies to make.  It will take some creative planning, but I think it is doable between using the overhead projector, power point, and selective copying.  I am considering telling the students that I am participating and challenging them to try and beat my word count.  It would certainly give me the drive I need to write.  How embarrassing would it be to be out-written by a 6th grader?


Katiebabs said...

I am taking part in this also. God help me! :P
But it should be fun. Right?

Marisa O'Neill said...

Good luck! It sounds both challenging and exciting. I love your schedule... I'm going to have to steal that plan of action. Just write down what I have to do and do it - NO veering off to do anything but what is on my list. And of course keep my fingers crossed that life doesn't get in the way.

What a GREAT idea to involve your students - I'd be very interested in finding out how that goes.

Shannon said...

KB- Fun. Yes, fun. That's what I keep telling myself.

Marisa- Thanks! I really hope my co-workers do the program. I printed up the student workbook today for the jr high aged kids. The thing is amazing. Heck, I think I might even use it a bit. There as great worksheets for developing your characters and conflict. Dialogue exercises and plot strategies. A really fabulous resource.

Christine said...

Good luck to all my aspiring writer friends!!!!

I can go on coffee runs for everyone. =)

Carolyn Jean said...

How cool of you! Good luck. And that is so great that you got the energy going for kids participating. I bet that will be so fun, and such a wonderful learning experience.

Tracy said...

Congrats on taking the leap!

Aymless said...

Good Luck!

Brie said...

I'm taking the plunge too. Gulp. Good luck to you!