Remember this fantastic scene from the Princess Bride?
Swap the words for the title of this post and that’s me facing down NaNoWriMo which starts a week from today. Am I nuts?
Unlike Prince Humperdink, I am not a planner. I don’t outline, I don’t figure out my characters or what they’re doing. I just write. Now, I do have a plan in my head. I know where I want to start and how I want to end but that’s it. I guess you could say my writing style reflects my everyday look at life.
I don’t plan. In fact, I hate to plan because nothing ever goes right when I plan. The best vacations I’ve ever had were the ones where no plans were made except to say “We’re going on vacation to [fill in the blank]”. Once we got to wherever we were going, my family and I did whatever caught our interest. We’ve never had an itinerary to uphold.
One of our best vacations was the one we took two years ago to Key West over Labor Day weekend. It was literally a spur of the moment trip, completely unplanned. I told the boys we were going to the Keys the next day (you should have seen their faces! priceless!) and to go to bed early. I got online and made reservations for us and the pooches (they love traveling, too) at a fabulous Sheraton Hotel on Key West beach (at an AWESOME rate that I couldn’t even believe myself] and off we went. I even took 1 extra vacation day from work so we would have 4 fab days in the Florida Keys. I got to live out two of my dreams: to see Hemmingway’s house and stand at the southern most tip of the United States. Kewl!
Hopefully, NaNoWriMo will offer the same opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams: to write and finish the second installment in my 3-part saga. I have butterflies in my tummy, my nerves are starting to twitch, and my brain is gearing up to face the unknown. The trip is going to be a fantastic one and I’m going to learn a lot, especially about myself. Can I stay focused? Can I make and accomplish goals? I believe I can. What I am sure of as a writer, is if I can get through and succeed at NaNo, I can succeed at anything. Today – Little Town, Florida. Tomorrow, New York! Look out world! I’m coming for you!!!
12 thoughts on “I have a novel to publish, short stories to edit, and a new novel to write in 30 days. I’m swamped.”
You should get the complete David rewritten in his entirety in about 7 – 10 days. Watch out what you wish for, love. 😉
Don’t let Nano unfocus you to finishing Shadow, girly girl. I am here to cheer you on… but hunker down and finish that baby! David is ready and raring to go. He wants to meet the world!
Tis the season! Hopefully the stress will pay off though, and at the end of the month, you can sit back, breathe, and smile at all that you’ve accomplished.
I am so looking forward to this. I find I do my best writing under pressure. I plan to have fun with it. Thanks for visiting and leaving some comforting words behind. 🙂
i hope you get a little sleep
sleep? what’s sleep? 😉
Thanks, Jennifer. Hopefully I won’t hyperventilate too much.
Gotta love a good Princess Bride reference. Just watched it this weekend too.
Even though you have your hands full I am sure you will be fine. If not, at least you know you did your best.
My NaNo plan announcement goes live tomorrow, too. I shall see you there, hehehehe. 🙂
And yeah, we are nuts–which is reflected in the title of tomorrow’s post. 🙂
Can’t wait to read! Does your new novel have anything to do with Ethan?
“Humperdink! Humperdink! Humperdink!”
Wow, Jen!! Wow, wow, wow…
You’re making me dizzy! *LOL*
I love it, though. Again you inspire me to spend even more time away from the political campaigning on Facebook and Twitter and working on my novel. Bless you!
And thank you.
LOL! You’re welcome (I think) 😉