"Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world."
Okay, so it's actually "Well begun is half done, otherwise entitled Let's Tidy Up the Nursery." But I'm paraphrasing it for my own devices. (Name the movie the quote comes from, can you?)
Last year I did NaNoWriMo. The full challenge: 50,000 words in the month of November. It was grueling, it was fun, it was exhausting, it was invigorating, it was mind-numbing, it was inspiring, and it took a HUGE chunk of my time.
This year, I can't do NaNo. This weird thing called Life has zoomed down upon me, snatched up my spare time and kidnapped it for its own uses. I'm doing ransom negotiations but those things take time, and since time is exactly what I lack at present, I'm getting nowhere fast.
However. Seeing all the excitement over NaNo that's brewing and stewing around the blogosphere is making me itch to participate. And so I... have a plan.
("Oh, Percy, do be SERIOUS!"
"I am serious. Deadly serious.")
Introducing Half NaNo
November 1-30, 2012
-You must commit to write 25,000 words for a novel you have previously started. The ideal project is one that you have already outlined but has suffered from lack of inspiration.
-You must put the button below on your blog if you wish to participate in Half NaNo and refer to it as such.
-You are invited (but not required) to leave your blog URL in a comment on this post so I can link to you-- I'd like to have a list of participants on my sidebar.
-You must enjoy yourself and do this because you want to-- if you do it from a sense of duty or obligation or "well, I really SHOULD get at least SOME writing done" then you're doing it wrong.
Oh, and if you care to hop over here during November and tell us all how you're doing, that wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Happy scribbling... The Rochesters and I will see you on November 1st!