NaNoWriMo and fear of commitment?


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Are you noticing how many blogs bring up NaNoWriMo lately? Is it just me? Am I noticing because I am trying to avoid the commitment? I confess I am conflicted.  There are so many issues to consider.

  1. Time: If I officially sign up, I am making a commitment to write at least 1700 words a day, every day, for 30 days. That’s a lot. In an effort to dispel this argument, I must remind myself that I am retired. My time is mine to waste. I can give up watching the “View” for a few weeks. I can let “Ellen” dance without me.
  2. Fear of commitment: No, it is not a marriage I am talking about, yet I am afraid, to say out loud, that I will add my name to the “NaNoNuts” in case I fail.  So, Maggie, (I am already talking to myself… is that a bad sign?) who really cares but you? What are the consequences?  there are none, zero.. nada.. no one will care but you. So I have officially washed that argument away.
  3. Next is Fear of Writers Block: I can see it now. It is Nov 1, I sit down to my computer and begin… the blank screen beckons me, and… ummm… nothing comes out. My fingers start to cramp, my brain fogs over and I click open the solitaire game instead. Words are powerful. I am dooming myself to failure and I must stop. Think positive Maggie.. I will write, I will write. I WILL write! (my new mantra)

pause~~~~~~~~~ I will be right back:

Ok, so I have clicked to the NaNoWriMo website and signed up for this year. If you are joining me, please buddy up to me. I need writing buddies. I am all alone on the page. I need encouragement and a push now and then. Oh, and if you could bring me a coffee Tuesday morning I will love you forever. My NaNo name is MaggieLR

So this blog post is my commitment to write, write, write! Here life as a novelist is getting into gear. The working title is  “Tossed Aside”.


About Maggie L R

I want to add colour to my life, I want to take each day and make it my own. I love simple pleasures. A hot cup of coffee in the early morning on the deck watching the dog chase the ball. The expressions on the faces of my grandchildren. I love to explore, to take a road I have never been on and see what unfolds. I love to travel. I love a challenge. I have decided I want to live a long and healthy life so I have challenged myself to get into shape both physically and mentally.
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9 Responses to NaNoWriMo and fear of commitment?

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  2. Karen Naylor says:

    What an excellent idea – NaNoWriMo greeting cards! I definitely think I need the encouragement of one at the moment. Excellent blog, with excellent advice – I will be recommending it to my Writer’s Group.

  3. crimzan says:

    I’m thinking of also joining Nano so good luck to the ones joining! We can do it!

  4. kiwikar says:

    I will be doing NaNo too this year. And it is going to be my first time as well!

  5. enermazing says:

    I feel with you :confused: I signed up yesterday, knowing very well that I do not have the time unless I drop something “more important”…but my pen is itching for some adventure = fiction 😉 Today I realised that what I really want to do is to rewrite and (this time) finish an old story – which led to a compromise: see sidebar of my blog.
    I’d be happy to have you as a writing buddy 🙂

  6. Sunshine says:

    Will be cheering for you Maggie….YOU can do it! YOU will WRITE! Yay!

  7. Maggie says:

    I’m there, Maggie. this will be my 3rd Nanowrimo – and writer’s block just doesn’t happen. Here’s why – no editing is allowed. Just write for 2 hours (honestly, that’s all it takes!). It doesn’t matter what you write and in my experience, the story just starts to flow. There will be plenty of time to edit or throw it out or whatever in December. There is no pressure to write a GREAT novel – just to make the commitment. Okay, so maybe it might take 3 hours some days…not much in the scheme of things. You will still have time for your walk and anything else you need to do. So, I am here, Maggie…
    Maggie in BC!

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