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Loaded for (NaNoWriMo) Bear

So, I wrote last time that I had almost decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. There’s no almost to it anymore. I have registered and committed myself to the insanity that is working full time and writing 50,000 words in one month.

I have seen some authors on Twitter asking what’s the big deal about NaNoWriMo if writers are supposed to write? It’s a reasonable question. I’m sure we all have our own reasons for doing it. My own reasoning is simple: having a specific goal in a defined period of time and publicly proclaiming my intention to meet that goal pushes me harder.

I want that first draft of a new novel — so full of promise of a world and it’s problems yet unexplored. My tendency in writing has always been to write, and then think of ways I could improve a bit a few pages back, and then go back to where I was, and then…NaNoWriMo will, I hope, force me out of my comfort zone.

I had already decided what I wanted to write and had begun mapping out my plot line. I knew the characters and setting. I had even sketched all the important points of a climactic scene.

Sunday, though, that all changed. I remembered a story that I had mapped out some time back and went looking on my hard drive. It was fully mapped with characters that I already felt like I knew. They seemed to be jumping around and begging me to pay attention to them. They win. That’s the first draft novel I will be writing for NaNoWriMo 2011, and I couldn’t be more excited.

What about you? Are you participating? Why or why not? If you are, what are you writing?

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