Just write it

I promised a review of Bethany Pierce’s new book, Amy Inspired, and you shall have it. But not today. I decided to email her and ask her a few insightful questions so that we could peek inside her clever mind. When she sends back her answers, up it will go.

Today, though, I am unofficially jumping on the NaNoWriMo wagon. That’s Orkan (shout out to all Mork and Mindy fans) for National Novel Writing Month. All across our fair planet, brave writers are embarking on a quest to write a rough draft in the 30 days allotted to us in November. They are registering here and recording their word count per day. I am taking the unofficial route and registering here on the Edge with just you fine people. The encouraging emails from the mother ship, which I hear you get when you are official, are not for me. And hey, if I totally fail, it won’t be official.
Plus, I will be writing something that I haven’t even plotted. I don’t have a deadline at the moment, so I am not in write mode, and I don’t have any story maps done for anything. Which means this outliner will be nanowrimoing by the seat of her pants. That thought alone is you-must-be-this-tall-to-ride-the-ride thrilling. Not official, but definitely thrilling.
So off I go. Wish me luck.
Nanoo Nanoo,
p.s. Most of my novels are in the 90k range and the NaNo rules state I only have to come up with 50,000. That makes me feel like I am already 40,000 unoutlined words into the thang!

Author: Susan

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  1. Cherry Odelberg on November 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I particularly like your application of nanoo, nanoo; and allusion to Mork and Mindy Don't think NanoWrimo is for me officially, either. I will participate and use it as encouragement and reminder, but cannot stand the pressure. “Besides,” she said, rather smuggly, “I like to edit as I go.” (speaking of which, where is my spell and edit check on this thing?)

  2. Jennifer Lyn King on November 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Yay, Susan! It's an adventure into the unknown, unplotted world of your writer mind. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I'll be cheering you on from my own little Nano spot. :o) Godspeed!
    Jennifer King

  3. Courtney Walsh on November 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I am so excited to see what happens. Two years ago I took your ACFW class “The Power of Pre-writing” and was wowed by the thorough outline method. As a SOTP writer, I implemented MUCH of those ideas into my process…

    I'm sort of unofficially entering, though I'm halfway done with my novel already. Deadline Nov. 29th. We can do it! 🙂

  4. beka on November 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats, dear.
    I look up to all you brave souls who are and have done such things.
    I haven't yet, and I don't think I'm going to this year. I actually have some tolerable excuses. 🙂 http://miraclesdontbreakthelawsofnature.blogspot.com/2010/10/hair-cuts-are-dandy-things.html

  5. Clair on November 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I should try to participate, but I would have to quit my day job, my part time jobs, my quilt project and novel reading…so I am not so sure I can do it.

  6. Susan Meissner on November 2, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Yikes. Only 1100 words today. I think we're supposed to shoot for 2K.

    Jennifer, I do think I will need some of God's speed.

    Cherry: I don't think I will be able to NOT edit as I go. That might explain the 1100 word thing today.

    Courtney: thanks for the kudos. I almost wrote kudzu. . .

    Beka and Clair: You both make me smile. . . I love tolerable excuses.

  7. Tina F on November 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    You are my second blogging (writing) pal who is jumping on, so I feel pressured. 😉

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