© by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
I can’t believe it. It’s almost November again. The once-spectacular colors of autumn are fading fast, turning ghostly dull and lifeless in our chilly rain. They always do. We creative types don’t like it much when the Blah’s and Writerblocks come knocking either. At this time of year Northwestern Ontario (which is officially one of the sunniest places in Canada, how can that be?) is typically blanketed by lifeless, pewter-gray clouds. From our vantage point, they are motionless, uninteresting, low, loaded with water, and magically propped up only by raindrops. In other news, gGarden’s in, fall cleanup pretty much done, so what to do?
It’s always a good question, isn’t it?
What will you be doing this November? Blogging? Niche articles? More of those brilliant, but never-pay-a- penny articles for content mills promising great things?
How about a November novel? Wait….. Isn’t that almost a tradition? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo last year?
This is 2013, The Year of the Writer, so never mind procrastinating and daydreaming, bending paper clips and teasing the cat, dear scribbler. Sharpen those pencils collecting dust in those wonky dust-covered ceramic mugs on your desk instead if you haven’t got a quill pen. Get paper. Get excited. Jump up and down. Shout. Hum. Meditate. Create some new, unique characters that will drive the world to distraction instead of waiting for life to happen. Drink some coffee. Listen to the muse. She’ll agree that November’s a great time to write.
Seriously. How about tackling a complete novel? A minimum of 50,000 words in 30 days. Will you be brave enough to join the annual NaNoWriMo challenge this November? For writers everywhere, writing 50,000 words or more to a deadline is a substantial challenge. I wrote one successfully last year, just under 70,000 words, but then I was spurred on and competing with that incredibly prolific writer and good friend Amanda Dcosta, CEO and creator of Mandy’s Pages. The tortoise and the hare. A fine race it was too. Raised some dust. Guess who was the tortoise. I write slowly, methodically, and…..well, good thing there’s no obligation to say who finished the race first. Neither of us has published those novels either…….yet, that is.
How about you, do you dread your November effort will just be another boring ” 50,000 dark and stormy nights” effort? Hm… Persist. Be encouraged; maybe it will turn out to be the Great American Novel after all. We can dream, and we are eternally advised that practice makes perfect.
The need for practice is a great reason to try. Let’s face it, writing is a craft; a skill. Conscientious effort produces results, however imperfect; but writing with the intention of practice is usually improved. Perhaps this November it will be honed to perfection. Do you have a unique novel in the dark files of your mind? Dig it out; go for it, dial up the muse!
November offers other interesting options. “What? Anything, tell us, tell us!” you shout with glee. “What on earth could be as exhilarating as writing 50,000 words in 30 days? ”
Have you Heard of GrammoWriMo ? Recently I was informed by Allison VanNest, Grammarly’s Head of Communications —about the folks at Grammarly tossing their hat into the ring for the first time this November with a novel idea —a community novel.
It’‘s an interesting idea; you can write 800 words and participate in a community novel that will be cooperatively written by hundreds of authors including Gayle Brandeis, who also happens to be a published NaNoWriMo author. The scoop is that Gayle will write the first and last lines of this potentially amazing book . To join Gayle and be involved, all you have to do is sign up! Check out this interesting idea, and by the way, —you can even help decide the plot! For more information, go to http://www.grammarly.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/GrammoWriMo-Logo.png
Thanks to Allie at Grammarly for that timely information!
Regardless, whether you decide to tackle a NaNoWriMo novel, GrammoWriMo, short stories or other options, —choose well, and plan for an exciting November. Pssst….tell me what you’re doing, and don’t forget to keep on writing!
Is that Incoming I hear?