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Shhhh, you didn’t hear this here October 31, 2009

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in My Life as I See It.
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I really hate to mention this here because it’s evidence but I am starting NaNoWriMo tomorrow. Read this in a whisper…Why? Because I have absolutely no evidence that I can do it—none. Intrigued?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month—described on the website (www.nanowrimo.org) as “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” Those who are crazy enough to sign up for it start on November 1 and finish a 50,000 word novel by the 30th. I have been toying with this idea for about four years now but have always thought it was too big a commitment to make. This year, however, I have a book that I laid out in August and not one word of it has been written since that outline was completed. So, unlike many of my fellow wrimos, I will be writing a non-fiction book during November. But please don’t tell anyone…

So, what does this commitment mean in practical terms? Well, for starters it means that each and every day of November I need to write at least 1600 words. And yes, they could be gobbledygook—but what’s the purpose of that? I need to write 1600 somewhat coherent and meaningful words in sentences that make sense. Yikes!

This also means that my life is going to take on a new pattern during the month. I have to cut out some things to be able to find the time to write 2000 words a day (my personal goal suggested by one of my writing buds who did this successfully last year).

I thought about cutting out eating—that would further my weight loss goals as well. Hmm, maybe not. However, I have decided to cut down the amount of time I spend on the Internet indulging in bad habits like checking email. I also will watch less TV but I am not cutting out Dancing With the Stars… Also not out of the picture is dancing and quilt making—at least at this juncture.

What about my blog, you ask…I intend to post when I can but this may be the month I cultivate my as yet undeveloped pithy, terse writing style. Move over Mr Hemingway.

So, wish me luck but don’t tell anyone I’m doing this—that is until I successfully complete the challenge. Then you can tell everyone…




1. edgyangel - November 1, 2009

Hi Kate–
So good to hear from you. I woke up this morning with a whole lot of dread.However, I got writing and have done over 2000 words today. Anne Corey, Rachel Egan, and Karen Talavera all from our group are doing Nano as well.
Thanks for the vote of confidence…and I will add you as a buddy.

2. Kate Robertson - November 1, 2009


We met in Taos in 2008 at the Writers Spa. Let me tell you are capable of this. This is my fourth time doing Nano. My best advice is go to some write ins, connect with other writers who are doing this. Support is really helpful. Don’t edit you can do that in December. You can also add me as a buddy if you like. Screen name is katespin. Good Luck.


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