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NaNo No No.


Camy

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I didn't make it to the 50,000 this year, sadly. I know I shouldn't be peeved with myself, or miffed, or standing in disgrace in the corner: but I am - a little (not the standing in the corner bit). I don't like failing. It irks.

It also irks that 50,000 words isn't actually an awful lot. If I were serious about becoming a writer I should be churning that in a month - with or without NaNoWriMo.

Bum. I've been 'hoist by my own petard,' stupid git I am. ;)

Ah well [snort], there's always next year....

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Camy, you spent the previous two months doing heroic service on our behalf with Midnight Dude. Little wonder that you are burnt out. And what's up with berating yourself for not writing the novel you've always wanted to write in order to meet someone else's deadline for it? C'mon. Write it on your own terms, at your own pace, for your own satisfaction. How possibly could the NaNo pressure cooker be the proper setting for that?

James

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Isn't NaNo simply an artifical impetus? Sometimes when we're blocked we need something like that, but you have this hunger to write something fine and reflective of your abilities. You don't really need any outside agency to spur you along with that. You're such a fine writer with a unique vision and great sensibilities. You simply must pick a subject about which to write, then add your own characters, which you create beautifully, ones whose personalities will illuminate the conflicts within your story, figure out where it's going to go and what it's ultimately going to say, and have at it. None of this is beyond you, and you know this!

Some guy with a long last name and lots of money said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Does that ring a bell?

C

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Thank you all, sincerely.

I'm not sure why I find NaNoWriMo so captivating. I guess it's that I'm bone idle, and any impetus helps - even a completely artificial event where 'winning' is mainly bragging rights to yet another unfinished piece.

As unwitting therapy this blog entry has been wonderful!

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