Wednesday, October 31, 2007

the countdown begins...

i didn’t know what my “new and fulfilling experience” would be for november (not eat myself into a stupor at thanksgiving, for a change?) and i’m still not 100% committed to any one thing but something sparked me today and if i’m still thinking about it tonight at midnight when november 1st offically begins, i may register and go for it.

it’s called national novel writing month (http://www.nanowrimo.com). every year in the month of november, they crank into this “contest”: thirty days to write a 50,000 word novel. that’s something like 1,660 words a day, more or less. i figure, why not? it doesn’t have to be any good. no one is judging it. they just want you to finish it.

what do you get besides bragging rights? your name in their winners circle and a certificate that’s probably suitable for framing. but i don’t care about any of that. the thing is, i’ve always wanted to write a book. maybe this is my chance to get my idea out of my head and onto some paper, in some form of yes-i-finished-it completeness…

2 comments:

Leila said...

I did it last year...it felt fantastic when I was done, although I can't claim to have done much with it since.

queenesther said...

yeah -- i want that "fantastic" feeling. i found something that i've been chipping away at for awhile, so this is a great excuse to finish it. amazing what you find time for when you're motivated.