Taking on the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.31.51 AMI know I’ve been MIA the past few days.

That’s because I’m changing things up and trying something new and different for Try Something New Every Day: National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.

Why is this new thing different from my usual New Thing? NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge. Therefore I won’t be blogging daily updates in November since this new New Thing spans the full month. Instead of focussing on a daily new experience, I will focus on the daily experience of spinning new words. I will send out a few updates as I go along.

NaNoWriMo participants everywhere set a goal of 50,000 words in one month. So I guess that is my goal too (for a slow easily-distracted writer who considers 250 words a day to be tremendously good progress, this is a huge challenge).

NaNoWriMo’s often work in coffee shops (like Starbucks or Second Cup) so for a spin-off New Thing I will pick a day and a café to be a boulevardier sort of writer. Expect a blog post on that experience. Writing in a public place is a time-honoured tradition among many writers but it is not something I’ve ever embraced other than the two times I participated in the Muskoka Novel Marathon — where dozens of writers gather in a hall in Huntsville, Ontario for a very long weekend to write nonstop for 72 hours. Oh yeah! Good times if you’re a writer!

As I go along this month, no doubt I will experience other new things: for one, I’m reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. I am also teaching a special yoga series over the next few weeks which means new prep — very time-consuming new prep (another reason I’ve been MIA the past few days). If I get my daily word count covered in time, I might toss in a special extra blog post to cover anything outstandingly new!

Wish me luck!