Monday, October 23, 2006

That Time Of Year, Again


Last November, I unofficially tried to do the NaNoWriMo with the Black Dress piece. In addition to it being unofficial (i.e. I didn't register) there were other factors which made the whole thing not count, in my opinion. It was non-fiction, it was a piece on which I had begun work in the spring of 2005, and it had already morphed into a multimedia project by that point. Unofficial though it may have been, I now have many photos (I have quite a few I haven't edited yet, so let's just say I have around 100) and 41,159 words for the Black Dress project (really, come visit the blog, if you leave comments I may be encouraged to upload more photos and text as a means of procrastination) and I wrote another piece (this one fictional) which I had briefly considered interweaving with the story about the black dresses (though I have since changed my mind about that) which has a word count of 13,863. So last year's NaNoWriMo gave me two unfinished pieces (though not everything was written last November) which desperately need to be rewritten and edited. But finishing can be so hard. In fact, for me, finishing is damn near impossible. Even if I didn't have a toddler, even if I had time, I am pretty sure finishing would be difficult. For example, I wrote a play in the spring of 2001. Had a few readings. Got ideas. Did a complete rewrite. Had another reading, got some criticism which was not terribly constructive and decided I shouldn't be writing plays. Or rather, I decided to wait until I was inspired. And here we are, five years later, the play is nowhere closer to being worked on than it was back before motherhood took over my life. Anyway, my point is that writing 50,000 words isn't really my problem, it is knowing what to do with the words once they are written.

So we are days away from another November and another NaNoWriMo.

I tell myself that it would be different if I registered and made it official this time around. I am telling myself that I can totally write 1,500 words a day even though, lately, I can't even seem to find the motivation to write on this blog. It isn't like I don't have ideas. I have too many ideas and, often, can't seem to make them all fit. I remind myself that it doesn't have to be linear or make sense, at least, not to anyone else. I am telling myself that these 50,000 words will be different.

Time is a bit of a concern. My mother recently suggested that I would make myself a lot less miserable if I put my acting and literary ambitions on hold until Julian starts school. She pointed out that this time is fleeting and, really, I am just stressing myself out too much. Of course she is right, but I know that I will do this anyway and I will still time from somewhere in order to do it. Then I remember that we are going out of town the first weekend in November. That is a few days gone right there. Julian's birthday is the 18th and I have to plan the party. And then there is Thanksgiving.

Who decided November was a great month to write a novel?

4 Comments:

Blogger karrie said...

Your mother has a point,but selfishly I want you to write a novel. You have mad skills, lady. Mad, mad skills!

6:22 AM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger karrie said...

Btw, the picture made me think it was the time of the year to head for Vegas and check into the Bellagio.

6:24 AM, October 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At what point does it become less painful to admit that our mothers are right?
-Val

10:26 PM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger tammara said...

A bunch of single people with no kids (and I think, in a few cases, no jobs?) decided November was good. I agree - it sorta sucks.

Having said that, my husband and I did this from mid-Dec to mid-Jan last year - we had to battle Christmas Day, and hell, I was writing on new year's eve because I was behind. (I was always behind, but I digress.)

Get No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty (the guy who started NaNoWriMo). It lays out the rules - such as how to banish your inner editor. No editing!! No long ponderings of plot lines! If you get stuck, enter ninjas, space aliens, or kill off one of your characters! The point is, keep writing. And isn't that a great point?!

10:12 AM, October 25, 2006  

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