Sunday, November 1, 2015

First Day of NaNoWriMo 2015

It's not too late for NaNoWriMo

Yesterday morning my 11-year old practically bounced out of bed. I assumed it was the effect of an extra hour of sleep.

"No, Mom," he said. "Today's NaNoWriMo. Don't you remember?"

Of course, I remembered, but I didn't think he had. My budding inventor also writes novels and comics on the side. Weeks ago he was regaling me with yet another new plot line. Eager to encourage, but mentally occupied elsewhere, I suggested he write those ideas down and then set to work actually writing his stories.

"After all," I said, "National Novel Writing Month is November first, the perfect time to draft your book."

I thought I was so clever. But now he's after me every half hour, trying to find out how many words I've written.

And for writers under 17,
try the Nano Young Writer's Program

There's a great lesson here in child-like enthusiasm, and it's something I hope to bottle and hand out around November 15th. That's when my latest draft's soggy middle is going to make me want to quit.

So here's to 
enthusiasm, perseverance, and our inner child. 
May we each find the motivation we need 
to pursue our writing goals.

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