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Monday, November 01, 2010

nano, nablo

November, in case you're not a writerly type, is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This wildly successful movement was started by Chris Baty in 1999, to encourage folks with novelistic ambitions to crank out 50,000 words in one month, and to give life to their unwritten stories. I have attempted NaNoWriMo on two occasions, beginning with energy and enthusiasm, and fumbling at about day 10, when the daily pace became unsustainable given my day job of helping others craft words and read stories.

The blogosphere-twitterverse-facebookland radiates with writing energy today as friends virtual and real dive in. I wish them endlessly flowing, fast pens; receptive, fat notebooks; and boundless, creative momentum.

As for me, I'm sticking with National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo (which, I've just discovered does not exist in wikipedialand--quick! make a page!)), which I have successfully completed about four times now. I'll blog all month, writing posts short, rambly, poetic, and utilitarian.

It may not be a novel draft.

But it will be writing.

Thirty days worth!

Hopefully, with readers.

Stay tuned.

And, won't you join me?!?


  1. I've enjoyed your past forays into nablo and haiku-writing, and look forward to seeing what you publish for us this month. For me, it's the home stretch of Project 365; I've ended up with two (unintentional) missed days, but overall I love the discipline of that much structure - something, anything, daily. A bit of time in the right brain, sometimes more.

  2. Good luck on your NaBlo journey, dharmagirl! Some days it sure can be a pain in the lower regions, but I always come away from the challenge with a smile.

    Nancy...congrats on your Project 365 coming to a close! I attempted that challenge earlier this year, but didn't make it too far past January. I want to complete that someday. Camera in hand, all day, every day...yes? :)

  3. yay! That is all. I'm just happy you'll be writing. I'll be reading.

  4. I love your blog and while I totally understand that you are a busy lady, I can't help but wish for more blog posts from you, so this month will be such a treat.

  5. Gregg, that is indeed the key to Project 365 for me: I have a small p&s camera that is always in my pocket/gym bag/whatever. And my "good" camera, which I use at home and bring with me if I know that I'm going to be shooting some event or place in particular. But beyond that, even in the house, in artificial light, there is always something to capture (sometimes minutes before midnight!)

  6. Nancy, I know the minutes-before-midnight scramble well! One of my submissions was a photo of my BlackBerry. Yep, I was that desperate.

    I signed up for the challenge to force myself to use my good camera more often, and really learn it. And one day...I will. One day soon. I enjoyed seeing other people's creativity.