All moustache news aside, that other use for November, NaNoWriMo, has started! This year marks the fourth time that Tammy and I have participated. One might argue that the preliminaries started in October (much like the moustache), but actual writing started yesterday. 🙂
This year brings with it new wrinkles. Tammy is going gonzo this year and sharing her novel as it happens for her writing buddies. I applaud her fearlessness. Myself, I am facing a lot of work-related interruptions this month, with a trip to Toronto and a trip to Vancouver, on top of the martial arts classes three days per week when I am home. I think a major contributing factor to last year’s near-flameout on my part was the karate classes. They certainly take up a lot of time and energy in the evenings, which is my prime writing time. However, this year I am also going with the strategy from my most successful years: writing something that comes to me at the last minute. In 2008, I decided on my story on October 30th, and in 2009 it was about October 29th. This year, I only came up with my story idea after going to bed on the 30th, and the 31st was a work day so my plotting preparation is practically non-existent.
Nevertheless, both Tammy and I have gotten off to great starts, and so has Miranda, but she doesn’t know it yet. Tammy added a story writing section to her home schooling and Miranda started a very imaginative story yesterday about a girl-creature who lives in a tree.
Our friend Cindy in New Brunswick is on board again this year, and so is her daughter, who is aiming to complete 5,000 words in the Young Writers Program.
Let the strange, drawn-out endurance race begin! Oh, wait, it has already. Well, let it continue, then!