Courting the Muse

NaNoWriMo (The Annual Insanity Returns!)

November 3, 2011

Every year I commit to writing 50,000 words during the month of November. This month of “literary abandon” is my annual release of pent up creativity (or so I tell myself every October in order to convince myself to enroll in the insanity for another year). It’s a write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience that I think everyone who has any aspirations to write (be it screenplay, novel, comic book, non-fiction, or biography) to prove to yourself that you have it in you. This will be my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’m even more thrilled than usual to be participating.

For the past month, I’ve been ruminating on a story idea, so I’m the most prepared that I’ve ever been for this undertaking. Normally I approach this yearly endeavor with absolutely no idea what story I’d like to tell. Thankfully, for all you writers out there like me, the NaNoWriMo site provides a wealth of information, motivation, and community encouragement. It’s also a trap. Or at least it is, if you have any difficulty with every writer’s constant foe, Mr. Procrastination. There are a lot of really groovy individuals out on the forums, and it can be a time suck, so remember, ye be warned. As we’re only 2ish days into the month, you still have plenty of time to drink the kool-aid. If you do, you can find me on the forums under my usual handle @MusesFled.

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