Friday, July 1, 2011


Every year, November presents a puzzling little question that hangs over the heads of obsessed writers. Should we speed write a novel during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or decide that we don't have time/can't be bothered/haven't perfected the story yet/wanted to but there was an X-Files marathon. Often, the best course of action is to ponder it until the month is nearly over and then -whoops! Your decision is made for you.

Luckily, all of that comes just once a year and you don't have to think about it much until November approaches.

Not so fast there, cowboy. No one gets off that easily anymore. NaNoWriMo is now hosting a "summer camp" that forces you to do the exact same thing in the middle of the summer. Every writers' group is now buzzing with the question- will you or won't you. Will you deal with the scorching heat, try to write your paying work even with school out and write a novel as fast as you can at the same time?

No. I will not. I won't even plead time or story lines or X-Files.

Just, no.


Shelly Goodman Wright said...

I love the idea of summer NaNo camp. November is a tough month when you have little ones--Christmas plays (school and church) then Christmas is around the corner. But, with that said, I'd probably do both. There is something about wanting that sense of accomplishment. Speaking from someone who is close to publication...get use to deadlines! LOL :-)

L. Shepherd said...

A lot of people are really jumping on it. If I didn't have offspring, I'd probably do it, but I can't see how it's possible with the constant summer noise.