For the month of November, I have decided to whittle my creativity down to a tiny little nub. I have decided to take on Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). The idea is that folks across the country sign up and pledge to write 50,000 words during the month, or about 1,600 words a day.
It’s a lot.
By the end of the month you (maybe) have most of a first draft of a novel, and can spend the rest of the year revising the doo doo out of it. Some people criticize Nanaowrimo, calling it inauthentic and a cheap ploy. I say that if it gets lazy assholes like me to finally write that first draft, then hurray! I’m all over it.
So off I chug on the Nanowrimo train. As I write this post, it is November 11th and I am about 15,000 words in to the book I am working on. Unfortunately, the topic is horribly depressing (there is so much sad and crying, you guys) but I do still have this blog and my twice-a-month posts at Aiming Low to perk me up. On the other hand, I only have so much creativity in my wee little brain and most of it is spent coming up with new things to eat with cheese. So if by the end of the month I am writing posts like, “Today, I had coffee. Who came up with the word ‘coffee’ anyway? And can I write a poem that rhymes with ‘artificial sweetener?’” You will know what I’m going through.
This week, though, I have TWO posts going up on different sites:
1. Yesterday, I had a guest post at Quirky Pickings (who happens to be an advertiser right here at Pile of Babies — look at the far right sidebar). I was asked to pick a quote and write about it. I did, and it turns out that, like Mr. Miyagi, I have many lessons to teach.
2. Tomorrow, my first post at Aiming Low goes up! I wrote about our favorite vegetable again: Kale. This time it’s about the advertising war between broccoli and kale. They wrote about it in the New York Times the other day. No, for realisies.
The link to my Quirky Pickings post is above. I’ll post the link to Aiming Low tomorrow on Facebook and Twitter, and will link it up for my Thursday post.
Wish me luck with my P.O.S. novel!