This post first appeared as a NaNoWriMo NH Regional email written by Municipal Liaison, Yvette Couser
[USA :: New Hampshire] Week 4 Pep Talk: Total Gibberish and Some Really Bad Grammar
Welcome to Week 4!
Thank you again for your kind words of thanks this weekend. I hope you all get over to the Forum and thank the NaNoWriMo HQ staff on Staff Appreciation Day for everything they do all year long to ensure this whirlwind happens every November.
My son was shaking his head at me this weekend, tsk-ing my compulsion to return to NaNoWriMo every November. It didn’t make sense to him. Why create all this stress for myself? It’s dumb.
I didn’t answer him. Stressful? Yes. Dumb? Maybe. To the outside world, writing 50K words in a month is a weird, useless, foolish, impossible goal. But what I’ve seen and what I know – NaNoWriMo gives people hope and an opportunity to be creative again. NaNoWriMo creates magic and saves lives. It’s week 4 and something big and important is happening and you are part of it.
If you’ve been on the NH Forums page you’ve seen the updated Region stats:
807 novelists • 13,016,405 words written • 16,129 average wordcount • $1,590.00 donated
That’s nothing short of amazing. I’m very proud to be a member of this tribe.
And if you’re curious, here’s an update on our Regional Word War: We’re ahead of Vermont, Maine and Northshore MA, but…Maine’s catching up. I think we can ditch them.
Lots of you have already reached 50K and have started validating your novels and to you I say, Congratulations! For the rest of us, we’re still plugging along. I have dropped all pretense of craft and I am just throwing words on the page getting from point A to point B (or plot point P to plot point Q). However, I’m seeing a story shape emerge and I’ve been really surprised at some of the things I’ve learned about these characters and while it’s really a lot of gibberish there’s enough there to make me wonder how the story is going to end. That’s keeping me moving ahead toward 50K. That and word sprints tucked in around all the other demands in my life.
“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Junot Diaz, Professor of Writing, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2008
Next week, we’ve got several TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) celebrations happening, and I hope you check the calendar and can make it out to one, regardless of your final word count. Or, if you’ve been meeting with a writing group regularly, plan to get together and celebrate! Read excerpts of your novel. Commiserate. Congratulate each other.
In the meantime, join me on the NH Forums for a few sessions of word sprints this week. Night Owls have had some virtual write-ins so I’ll open a thread for Early Birds from 5:30-7:30 am.