Happy November! Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month.
I won’t be participating, since I’m a perennial participant in the MaNoWriYe, the Marko Novel Writing Year, which starts anew every time about three weeks after I write “THE END” at the bottom of a finished novel. For those of you NaNoWriMo’ing this year, here are a few comments:
- You’re nuts.
- Good luck.
- If you need to “prime the pump” on occasion, try changing your process for a day. If you usually write on the computer, try longhand, or a typewriter, or an Alphasmart Neo. If you usually write at home, go out and sit in a coffee shop. If you go to a coffee shop, try the library or a different shop. Mix things up, both your surroundings and the way you put down words. From my experience, a change in routine can help restart the creative flow.
- Here’s the very best of all the NaNoWriMo pep talks, given by Neil Gaiman.
Trick-or-treating was a success—the kids had fun despite the light rain. The town cops were out in force (all four of them), and played crossing guards at various intersections in the center of town. The older officer who guarded our crossing commented on our flashlight.
“That’s a smaht family, bringing a flashlight! You’re only the second family I’ve seen with one tonight. I can’t believe what I’m seein’ out heah.”
Today will be spent with some housework, leisure, and the reduction of the substantial candy stash we’ve amassed. Also, I’ll be announcing the winner of the callsign contest later today, so stay tuned.