Today on the way home, I began my blog on National Novel Writing Month, and without intending to, I was kind of trashing it. You see I had signed up for NaNoWriMo a few years ago, but, alas, I failed miserably at it. I found that not only wasn’t I magically inspired to write a novel just by signing up, but I also felt stunted in my other writing because I felt I was “cheating” on my novel writing by writing poetry, short stories, or non-fiction. And, of course, stunting one’s writing is NOT the point of NaNoWriMo. What I didn’t do was take advantage of the community of the website. What I did do was let “life” get too much in the way. And, looking at this November, I’m already feeling the load of “life” bearing down. What’s awful about that statement is that much of that “life” is good stuff–birthdays, Thanksgiving, time out with friends–but add to that essays, the end of a marking period, and Parent-Teacher Night, and “life” begins to really fill up. I need to reread my own post “Butt in Chair” and write.
So, what made me reconsider my quasi-negative NaNoWriMo post? My friend Linda posted to Facebook that she has started on her third NaNoWriMo and will keep us posted as to her word counts. Immediately I knew I couldn’t post what I had written. NaNoWriMo works for hundreds (thousands? millions?) of people. And I hadn’t meant knock it as much as it sounded. The tone just wasn’t right. Instead, I’ll applaud Linda’s efforts and redouble my own. Butt in Chair. Time to write. Tomorrow a friend is coming to stay a few days; I’m throwing a dinner party; the house is not clean yet; and, grades are due in a week, but I will find time to write. In fact, I’m doing it right now when I “should” be cleaning. Maybe, just maybe I’ll even sign up for NaNoWriMo again. Quite honestly, the only thing that really irks me about it is the acronym. It’s awful. It slows me down–when I type it; when I speak it, heck; even when I think it! You would think that a group dedicated to writing, to the beauty of language, to word play could come up with a better acronym.
What about you? Will you write that novel this month? Finish your book of poems? Complete a short story that’s been begging for revision? Or maybe this is your month to send things out. Let’s call it NCM—National Creativity Month–and get down to the business of art.