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Is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo 2010?

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What is NaNoWriMo? 

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. That month is November…the month were turkeys are basted and thrown in the oven with families gathering around the dinner table and squabbling about who gets to eat the last piece of pumpkin pie…or so I’ve heard. 

Thanksgiving is an American holiday and most of my family is in South America. I don’t really do Thanksgiving, but I do like to cook Thanksgiving-y stuff. Besides, I usually fly solo in L.A. in November, so I never have to deal with fighting over pie.

I always get to eat as much as I want! Woot, woot!

But back to NaNoWriMo…

More than 170,000 writers participate. The goal is simply to write at least 50,000 words (the length of a short novel) of fiction in one month. It can’t be the same words over and over…it must have a story. It also has to be fresh content and not something that has been worked on before. And, in order to make sure the writers don’t hit the skids as they write, the novel doesn’t have to be completely coherent since the focus is on quantity and not quality.

I am proud to say I am a participant this year. It starts November 1st and it ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30th.

I’m scared and excited.

I have no idea what genre of fiction I will focus on.

One of my friends suggested I write a children’s story. Another suggested that I focus on historical romance or a mystery.  Another one said I was repressed and needed to “free my imagination” and suggested erotic fiction.

I laughed and laughed and laughed some more.

What? I have a sense of humor…

I’ll just have to wing it.

I can’t promise it won’t be erotic fiction and I can’t promise it will be a children’s story. But I can promise you it won’t be a combination of the two…that would be weird and wrong and I think illegal.

I encourage every aspiring fiction writer out there to join in the fun. It starts on Monday. Head on over to the NaNoWriMo website and register. It’s free! You have nothing to lose and a novel to gain.

Did that make sense? I’m feeling the incoherency starting already…

Mucho love and laughter,

City Girl to Country Girl

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