Hi Diddle-dee-dee, the NaNo Life for Me


Call me crazy, but I’m going to sign up for NaNoWriMo again this year. Why, you ask? Because I need to get back in the groove of writing every day. Yes, I know, I can hear you saying “What about all that whining about no time to write?” Nothing has changed on that front, I haven’t magically been able to extend my days, but somehow or other I have to do it anyway. Either that or I might as well just throw in the towel and give up writing altogether. Eh, who am I kidding? I could no more give up writing than I could swim from Cuba to Miami. I don’t have to force ideas to come; they fly at me from every angle all day long. Then they ooze out into journals and notebooks and electronic documents. I should probably burn some of those old journals, now that I think about it. Anybody got a match?

The reason I’m willing go once more unto the breach, dear friends, is I’m just about done with the first of the vampire novels which I’m hoping to stretch it into a trilogy, if not a series, and I’m ready to start the second one. Outlining and plotting have already begun. I’ve even got the backstory done for one of the new characters and I love her. I need to flesh out a couple of the others, and I’m sure more will walk on stage as I go.

If only I could afford to work part-time, that would solve everything. Well, all my time-related writing issues anyway. I wonder if I could write hanging partly upside down.… Seems somehow fitting for a vampire novel. I expect to be largely absent from Twitter for the duration, and may have to let the blog slide as well, even foregoing the weekly card pulls. I remember the early days of this blog when there’d be days I’d put up three posts (albeit short ones) in a single day. Those days are gone.

So if I’m not around much for the next couple of months it’s because I’ll be plotting and outlining in October, and come November I’m off to NaNo Land, that magical kingdom where dreams roam free and reality takes a sabbatical.

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Romance Comes Down Out of Hilly Woodlands, by Sidney Sime

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16 thoughts on “Hi Diddle-dee-dee, the NaNo Life for Me

  1. Hi DD, I am very proud of you that you never quit and glad that Nano comes around each year to help you focus on your dreams. Don’t forget when you write the hard cover I would like a sign copy. Wishing you a great week.

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    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for coming by. You are excused, your blog post is totally germane to the conversation. And I’m always delighted to meet another writer and fellow WriMo’er 😉 Best of luck to you, too! You can add me to your buddy list on the NaNoWriMo site if you like.

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 The whole trick is to shut off the internal editor and just typetypetypetypetype! Don’t think, just keep going. If you go for it, add me as a buddy. I’m Digital Dame on the NaNoWriMo site.

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  2. Yay! November can be a dicey month for me, and I’ve tried in the past to keep up with my good intentions. This time I’m building an outline to give me some structure for each day’s BIC time. Even if I don’t make it to 50K I feel I’m “failing upwards.”

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    1. Exactly. Any word count you accomplish is a victory! I’m working up an outline too, hopefully that’ll help. Usually I’m a pantser, but that hasn’t worked so well. Hopefully not going in blind will be the key. 😉

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