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We Make It Happen Little By Little – NaNoWriMo

Life is a battle of inches. Inspiring quote. Motivational quote. Stephanie DelTorchio www.befat.net

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. The CHALLENGE: Write a 50,000 word novel in a MONTH. The GOAL: Survive the challenge.

On November 1st I jumped into the writing “craze” known as #NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. This is the Olympics for writers from all over the world — beginners to accomplished — who accept the challenge to write a novel, roughly 50,000 words, in a month.

For the past few years I’ve toyed with joining but each year withdrew at the last minute. This time I’m walking the walk. Wish me luck, okay?

I have the germ of an idea. And that’s about all. I’m not 100% sure of the one-liner; a complete sentence that conveys the story. Here goes (and note it WILL change):

Three estranged generations of a dysfunctional family take a road trip on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock to find the woman that connects them.

The genre is “mainstream” and the “story type” is what’s known as Golden Fleece. A team embarks on a destination to achieve something and it turns out to be what they don’t expect. You’ve seen this story many times in movies and novels alike.

To get from day 1 to day 30 is a lesson in discipline, for sure. The daunting self-imposed journey will test my nerve to write approximately 1,667 words every day. I’ve already lined up the excuses for my failure:

  • I’m busy doing real work that pays for the electricity,
  • Thanksgiving’s a -comin’ with company and all the fixins,
  • Travel plans,
  • A day or two where I know I’ll be tired,
  • More than a day or two when it’s cold outside and I want to light the fireplace and read a GOOD novel,
  • Someone I haven’t seen in a while will invite me to go somewhere.

…oh yeah, I’ve got a list.

To counter attack the time-sucking enemies (nobody personally) I’m calling in the #BeFAT mantra and public humiliation to make it to the end. It ain’t gonna be pretty people but by God, little by little, there shall be a bad, really bad, first draft on November 30th.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY!

Original graphic: Stephanie DelTorchio

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