The thing about Nanowrimo

Today is Nanowrimo’s donation day. I decided that after writing what would eventually become Legend of League Park during Nanowrimo last year, the least I could do was give them a few dollars this year. At the bottom of the page was the question “What does Nanowrimo mean to you?” I don’t want to sound overly dramatic, but I made it through the past year because of Nanowrimo.

Last November, I was a wreck. A wreck. I had been out of work for three months, with no prospects beyond a low paying freelance gig that wouldn’t start til January. I was a year out of graduate school with nothing to show for it. Two important people in my life had just gotten married to their soul-mates and while I wished them the best it served as a reminder that my own love life was in a car stalled out on the highway in a snowstorm. Something had to be done.

So I wrote a book.

I had previously balked at Nanowrimo, preferring a style of writing more along the lines of write a few chapters, edit and rewrite those chapters to perfection, write some more chapters, repeat. My first novel took me almost 3 years to complete because of this. I also get a lot of writer’s block because I want everything to be perfect before I can move on.

Nanowrimo forced me to just write the story and worry about perfection later. It was exactly what I needed. Not just in my writing either.

Nanowrimo gave me the ability to look myself in the mirror and say “I did something.” “I set out to do something and I did it.”

At the darker parts of the early days of 2012, when I was genuinely concerned about my life going on from where it was, I was able to say “I had a goal and I achieved it.” If nothing else, there was the book. I wrote a book. I had wanted to do that since I was a little girl.

In April, I got to hold a copy of Legend of League Park in my hands. I broke down into tears because it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was a reason to fight on. Because no matter what else happened: I did something. I set out to do something and I did it. I had a goal and I achieved it. I wrote the story and worried about perfection later.

That is what Nanowrimo means to me..

Brief Housekeeping Items from the Writer

  • I’m doing nanowrimo again this year, which is exciting. I’m working on a humorous (ish) blend of political satire, time travel, and zombies. So far I am two days ahead of par on my word count, but it is a bit of an incoherent mess, so there will be a lot of polishing come editing time. Never fear though, with some luck and writing gods willing (I mean we are only 7 days in), you’ll be reading Better Undead Than Red sometime in the fall of 2013.
    • PS if you’re doing nano and want a writing buddy, look up rosainverno, I’d be glad to have someone to keep me in check.
  • The first book in The Black Guard Chronicles is completed. I mean it. 100% completed. I still want it to be beta-read by someone, but I really think that it’s ready for the world and it’s time to stop stalling. I just have to make two critical decisions:
    • The current working title is The Black Guard Chronicles Book One: Dosia Blirski. That’s not catchy. I’m thinking of working up a poll or something for title ideas.
    • Do I want to query agents or do another Amazon deal? I’m not the world’s greatest marketer, but traditional publishing is super tough too.
  • I’m thinking of doing two web-based serials. One is my modernized update of A Christmas Carol which I started writing last year. It would be published on the writing blog over the course of December. The other is a graphic-novel-esque modern interpretation (with some significant changes to some of the stories, fyi) of The Decameron. I’m floating these two out there to see if there’s any interest.