I am proud and honored to be part of such a dedicated group of writers!
Likely due in part to working at the Office of Letters and Light, Andrea has inspired several people, including Mugsters, to participate in NaNoWriMo. That’s some intense writing – the goal is a 50,000-word novel draft in the month of November.
Andrea has been rushing to finish one novel draft in time to start another. Talk about ambitious! Anthony jumped in quick. As Anthony is a naturally prolific writer, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doubled the goal word count. Another writer, known for now as Pyxis, wasn’t immediately sold on the idea. Would it be more stressful than fun? Would friendly competition only add to the stress? But she courageously decided to try it out. Through the month of November, you can follow their progress in the word count box on the right sidebar.
At first I, too, was ready to plunge into the craziness of NaNoWriMo. I’ve had the idea for my next novel for quite some time, and I began some vague plot outlines and character sketches. Then a conversation with my mentor stopped me in my tracks. He was emphatic that I not step away from the novel I’m currently working on, the one that is now in Draft 4, that I have been working on for the last couple of years. The truth? I had been procrastinating a call with him, because I knew what he was going to say. I also knew that he was right.
A significant part of me is devastated that I will not be participating with my fellow Mugsters in this wild adventure. However, I’ve decided to take on my own little NaNoEdMo – 50 hours of editing in a month. This usually takes place in March, but so what. I’ll get to participate with my group in the ways that matter – griping about finding the time to write (or revise), freaking out about meeting that 50,000-word (or 50-hour) deadline, and supporting each other through it all. Because, on top of the brilliant comments and killer critiques, that’s one of the things MUG does best.
Thank you to my fellow Mugsters for your drive and inspiration. You are a powerful crew. Let’s get this party started!