Just One Word: A NaNoWriMo Challenge

Nov 17

It's a monkey! How could I not use an image with a monkey?I just spent the last hour or two putting together an audiocast.

I played it back, and decided I hated it.

So I re-recorded it.

I decided I hated *that* one, too.

Why? Because what I was talking about was, essentially, how to quit NaNoWriMo. How to drop out spectacularly, without even trying to reach 50k.

And while a part of me really, really REALLY wants to give you troubled souls permission to drop out, to offer you advice on how to quit it so spectacularly that you won’t feel the least bit down on yourself?

Another part of me (probably the better part) wants to tell you just to sit your ass down at your keyboard and effin’ WRITE. Because you can DO this.

So while I’m not going to give you advice on how to quit spectacularly, I am going to give you the option of another, different challenge.

If you are so very, very stuck on your novel that you just can’t see a way forward? I’d like you to join me in a new approach to NaNoWriMo Stuckedness.

I call it “Nulla Dies Sin Linea”, which translates to “Never A Day Without A Word”

It’s a phrase I stole some years ago from the book Writing on Both Sides of the Brain and here’s how it works:

Every day, from now till the end of November?

No matter what you’re doing, no matter how busy, or disillusioned, or just plain disgusted with your novel you are?

You’re going to open up your writing software (or notebook. or whatever) and write one word.

Just one word.

Why? Because I don’t want you to give up on your novel.

I want you to stay connected to your story. I want your characters to have at least that one word a day to breathe in, for your world to exist just that one word longer than it might have, otherwise.

You can, of course, write a full sentence if you like. Maybe a paragraph, if you’re feeling inspired. Who knows.

Maybe some sort of writing incubus will take over your body and start churning out prose by the thousands.

But all that’s required to meet this challenge? Yeah. Just the one word.

What do you say, oh throngs of disillusioned NaNoWriMo authors? Join me?

No illustrations. No fancy formatting. No grand plans to conquer the world, create the Great American Novel or the next best seller trash romance.

It’s really just one word.

(at a time)

(the end)

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One comment

  1. Maureen /

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    I tried NaNoMo once and I froze. Which is weird for me. Up until last year I wrote three full pages in my journal every. I have over 60 books full of my words that came because I wanted them to and not because of NaNoMo.
    I stopped because I’ve acquired arthritis in my right hand and can barely hold a pen. I know I can write a journal on my computer but I’m a proponent of Julia Cameron and she always insisted in writing by hand. I’m sure she would say that if I had no other choice but to type she would be okay with it… but I’ve hit a brick wall with this.
    I also tell myself that I’ve run out of space to put all the journals. I even told my kids when I die they can have them. They both looked like deer caught in my headlights.
    My daughter commented that she had no desire to read what I wrote about her and her rocky journey in High School. My son blanched at the thought. LOL kids

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