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Nanowrimo, I don’t know.

My 30th birthday is next week. Have you gotten your bubble solution?

I updated my Nanowrimo profile, but I don’t yet know if I will be doing it. I felt like it two days ago, but today I’m not bothered with a lot of things.

Nanowrimo is where you write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. It happens every November.

My first year was in 2002. I wrote a crazy story about how an ordinary girl living in an unnamed Caucasian country got embroiled with modern day wizards. It was online and updated everyday at midnight. I left it up until my old domain name got de-registered (another long story).

It was fun and insane and had cameos and inside jokes. I’m not putting it back up because I cringed the last time I reread it. I’m not sure if that one’s hitting the rewrite pile. It was done to see if I could. I did, which is perhaps why I didn’t see the point in a repeat performance. I’m like that in most aspects of my life.

In 2002, everyone who found out I was doing it thought I was crazy. Last time I checked, everyone is doing it. When everyone starts doing it, I know it’s time to move on to something new.

The only reason I’m considering it this time is because my fiction went places and sent me to places this year. If I’m on a roll, then I might as well get on the most obvious and probably last bandwagon this year.

But I’ll see how I feel when the time draws near. I still have a lot of things happening to me at this time, and when that happens, I don’t think of my future beyond the next 24 hours.

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Author: Georgette Tan

writer . poet . introvert . NSFW hand letterer . equatorial eclectic

1 Comment

  1. Not all of us thought you were crazy – some of us followed you into the fire! ;)

    Last year was officially my “last year”, but I still look upon October and November as my “creative months”.

    A lot of the fun of NaNoWriMo was gone last year for me because with so many people participating, it became a little bit like a circus – even the local meetings didn’t have the same sense of writerly community. And the forums are just huge, now – you have to sift through all the silliness just to get to the useful threads.

    I think NaNo is a fabulous event for people when they need to know that they can do something like writing 50,000 words in 30 days, and even complete a project (like Something in the Water, which I continue to love despite its flaws :P – it was waaay better than my first project, and the story was quite good!). But I also think there’s a time when the benefits of NaNoWriMo lessen for a repeat participant, especially when a person has found his or her stride and has an established daily or weekly writing habit.

    I say all of that, but I am particpating this year… sort of. Not under my old username, and not with any local affiliation (everyone I met through NaNo no longer participates, and I’m not very fond of the new Houston crowd). I may set different goals for myself than the NaNoWriMo goal of 50K, and I am treating this as a serious project, so I may duck a lot of the NaNo stuff. So I am, but I’m not.

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