October 30, 2010

Two Days, NaNo-ers!

Time to tidy up your writing space, stock the cupboard with your favorite writing snacks, dig out your background CDs and soundtracks, charge up the laptop batteries, and get lots of sleep.
In addition to updating my word count on the NaNo website, I'll do my best to post an update once a week or so here at the Lair. Any of you Lair Dwellers who are doing NaNo too, feel free to leave comments updating us on your own word count!
Good luck, everyone, and write well!

October 19, 2010

My first NaNoWriMo - the countdown begins!

I'm sure some of you will probably be surprised to learn that, in spite of all my years of writing, I've never taken part in NaNoWriMo before. It's true. I thought about it last year, but somehow just couldn't quite talk myself into it. I was deeply involved in finishing Draft 1 of Son of The Shield at the time, and couldn't afford the distraction. So, I kept plugging away at SoTS and watched as my friends slowly lost their marbles throughout the month of November. By December 1, when said friends had collapsed into heaps of hysterical white-haired gnomes, I thought "And they wonder why I don't do this?"
But then I had the privilege of actually reading the results. For being written in only a month's time, the stories were remarkably good!
And, after another year of listening to "Mary, you really should do NaNo, you really should. Even if just to say you've done it, come on, just do it, you really should," I finally came to the conclusion that I might as well. What could it hurt? Er--ahem--besides adding me to the aforementioned pile of hysterical gnomes, that is.
I am officially signed up for NaNo now, waiting very nervously for November 1 to dawn, so that I too can begin my journey to white-haired gnome-hood!
So, Lair Dwellers, how many of you are undertaking NaNo this year? I'm MaryRuth (one word) on the website, so look me up and I'll be happy to add you as a writing buddy! After all, if you've got to be a hysterical gnome, you may as well have company doing it, no?