November: The Month

November is the month for writing.

I want to. Oh, how I want to!

My writing muscle needs flexing. I think I have a cramp.

Here is the perfect month, the perfect opportunity. NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Writers everywhere sit typing in short bursts, typing anything and everything that comes to mind; saving often, coffee and hot cocoa going cold beside them.

I am pining. I am withering!

I have not joined the ranks.

Here it is, my favorite time of the entire year, November (cue angels), and my blood boils as my brain tumbles snippets of ideas around. I feel the ‘itch’, my fingers curl over the keyboard, ready.

This is the first year I have so much other work to do.

The cursor blinks, tempting, the page as blank as my defeated creative right lobe. I stare back. The task is insurmountable. 50,000 words in one month! I check my calendar. So much to do.

Have you started yet?

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Comments (8 so far!)

  1. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Write or die? That usually works for me. But if you’re really, really busy then it just can’t be helped. There’s always next year =)

  2. Avatar m0ri

    Worst time for me to have the most massive writing block ever. :/

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    It’s not that I don’t have ideas, it’s that I can’t voice them, or don’t have time to write them down. I’m working on it. :)

  4. Avatar Jae

    My first year. Starting slow – more planning now and word crunching later, but I am so PSYCHED.

    I am posting excerpts of my NaNoWriMo story as Ficlys through the month.

  5. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I think about it every year, and every year my November ends up just being insane. Hazards, I think, of having a full-time job, a working farm, and a one-year-old. Somehow, all my minutes disappear.

  6. Avatar Stovohobo

    I’m about 10,000 words in, but I think the smarter decision is unfortunately to give it up this year (I haven’t won yet, which is frustrating). I have about 50,000 words’ worth (feels like it, anyway) of writing for college/scholarship applications, so any time I spend writing fiction is time I’m procrastinating on getting really important things. =P

  7. Avatar BiC

    I’ve been reading ficlys since the Wil Wheaton days and I have to say: There are some awesome stories here! NaNo or no NaNo, many of you are talented writers – just waiting to be discovered! I feel honored to be able to put my piddle beside the many masterpiece here.

  8. Avatar Sara King

    I started mine, couldn’t finish though. I only got in about 17k.
    :/