All nano’s eve

by Julie Frayn on October 30, 2012 in  Writing

October 31. Halloween. All Hallows Eve. The precursor to All Saints Day and All Souls Day. No matter what you call it, kids from two to ninety-two will be dressing up in the best costumes and trying to frighten the pants of you. But you know what? They don’t scare me.

Because Halloween represents something far more terrifying than headless horsemen, than witches and zombies and walking mummies, than ghosts and goblins – all of which aren’t real by the way.

October 31st is the eve of NaNoWriMo. That’s right, quake in your literary boots. National Novel Writing Month starts November 1. Have you signed up? Taken the challenge? Who’s with me, here? Let’s get writing, people!

November will bring 50,000 words in 30 short days, just like Camp in August only harder. You know, one less day and all. And at the end? Novel number three will be delivered from the NaNo Gods (the only ones I believe in, for the record) in draft form.

This time last year I had but one lonely unfinished non-NaNo novel. And now? That first novel is finished, the August Camp NaNo novel is coming along, and the third is brewing (witch’s brewing of course). NaNoWriMo and its Camp sistren are about the best thing to happen to a deadline oriented writer with big dreams and a million story ideas vying for limited brain space.

Needless to say, with a day job, a family to feed, a blog to tend (sorry, sweet blog, that you end up on the bottom of the priority list), a house to paint, and the greatest mattress ever demanding I use it for at least a few hours each night – November is going to be quite a busy month. Oh, and new TV. I mean, come on NaNo. You don’t expect me to go a month without Criminal Minds or Grimm do you?

So a word to the non-writers. The green skinned creatures with red eyes that go bump in the night aren’t witches and vampires – it’s just us NaNo novelists on too much tea and too little sleep banging out word count at three a.m.

Be afraid. Be very afraid…

 

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