Twinkies + Wicked Focus = November

Driving home last night, I announced to my family, “I’m going to do a quasi-NaNoWriMo.”

“Right now? In the car?!” my husband asked. The children gasped.

Oh how I love my silly people.

If, like them, you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, here’s a quick info dump.

NaNoWriMo stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Every November, a whole slew of crazy writerly-types pledge to write 50,000 words in a month. They join a community online and use widgets to report their progress. They write their fingers raw, sacrificing sleep and social lives to reach their goal. Many make it. Many don’t. All of them should be commended for trying, because that’s a huge goal, especially for those who’ve never written a piece longer than a term paper.

And it’s surprising, sometimes, to see who participates.

One of my first serious forays into the writing world was the 3-Day Novel Contest, an event that makes NaNoWriMo look like a slow-mo walk through the park. It was an awesome experience, spending 72 hours doing nothing but slamming a story down onto the page in an adrenaline and Twinkies-and-Coke frenzy.

The idea of NaNoWriMo this year is tempting for that very reason. Generating new material is a blast. Generating it under pressure can be like riding an insane roller-coaster blindfolded, backwards. And I have a crazy addiction to starting new stories. Just ask my fellow Confessioneers.

But…I’m revising my WiP. It’s finally taking shape. Growing out its pin feathers for full wings. I’m getting ready to push it out of the nest. See if it can fly.

I have to see this thing fly.

Have. To.

So for the month of November, I’m taking the spirit of NaNoWriMo — the unbridled passion and wicked focus — and applying it to my revision work on my WiP. My goal is to have a shiny, happy plaything for my fellow Confessionisters to read at the end of the month.

All I need now is to stock up on the Twinkies.

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