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November 3, 2010

The Lure of NaNo by Lauren Fraser

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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Well it’s November and once again I’ve signed up to do Nano.

For those of you who don’t know it’s a writing challenge where you write like a fool for the month of November. The goal is write 50,000 words during the month. Now to some people that may not sound like a lot, but for me when my mind is stuck and I can’t get moving forward it can seem overwhelming. Geez even just talking about it has me wondering what the heck I’m thinking.

Now I have to admit I’m one of those people who hate not reaching a goal when everyone knows I’ve set it. That whole public accountability thing really works for me.

What I love about doing Nano is my writing style changes during this month. I stop worrying about how it sounds on the page and I just write. Since I have a commitment to myself to get those words on the page, I don’t have time to haul out my thesaurus and think of a prettier way to say something and there isn’t time to scourer the internet for the right mood music to listen to that day. Yes, I’m easily distracted normally as you can tell.

Is my writing any better for mixing it up this way? Who knows but it’s a fun challenge to push myself to see what I can do, plus when you have several of your friends doing the challenge as well it adds a little fun competition to the mix because let’s be real no one wants to have the lowest word count. LOL

Does signing up for something that forces you to commit to a challenge help you step up to the plate or does it have the opposite affect and make you too stressed to even think about doing it?

p.s don’t worry no cats were injured in the writing of this blog. I don’t even have a cat I just thought the picture was funny. LOL

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