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Why I’m Not Participating in NaNoWriMo 2014


I am not participating this year but I did in 2008, and made it to the finish line. For people who are participating in the month long challenge they get to post this official badge on their websites and blogs. How cool is that?

Yesterday was November 1st and the start of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is like the Boston marathon for writers. In one-month participants are challenged to write 50,000 (or more) words in 30 days. Many people constantly worry and nit pick their creations to the point that their story becomes a concept stuck in their minds. Don’t be that person. The point of the month long exercise is not to finish a novel but to just get one started period.

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”- E.L. Doctorow

There are also perks from sponsors like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and Scrivener, who give free or discounted services, which aid writers who want to go further after the NaNoWriMo challenge. Plus you get cool badges and banners that help keep writers motivated and inspired throughout the intense writing period. It’s a wonderful thing, and I owe NaNoWriMo for getting me started in writing a novel as well as inspire me to create my blog site.

You are probably wondering, if you love it so much why not participate? I am not going to lie I did consider doing NaNoWriMo this year. I love the feel of keys tapping beneath my fingers, the constant need to type, and watching my story develop right before my eyes. But I digress, I only want you to remember that the key to success in this challenge is to just type. Writers (I include myself in this obsessiveness) need to stop thinking too hard on the grammar and mechanics. All that comes later in editing and rewrites.

However, this year I have decided to fine tune my manuscript, “Voices of Clara” for publication. Ironically, the story is one I wrote and finished during NaNoWriMo 2008. I was so excited when I saw how the story came together. No, it wasn’t perfect, but it was my imperfect story, and I had written it in 30 days. Now it’s 2014, and I still haven’t published, “Voices of Clara“. That’s a long time to sit on a book and have it go nowhere. I don’t want my work to have been written in vain. I like the story of Clara, a young adult woman trying to figure out life and what she wants from it. While having, a few funny and heartfelt adventures and discoveries along the way. I feel that many people could relate regardless their age because we have all struggled in our early adult lives.

Now you know why I am not NaNoWriMoing this year. I encourage other writers to give it a try even if you don’t reach the 50,000-word count goal. I have seen some participants’ word counts go far past the intended goal. Hopefully, I will be able to participate next year because I love a good challenge.

It’s Not Too Late To Participate!

Crest of National Novel Writing Month

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2014? How far have you gotten in your word count? A friend of mine and established author has written over 10,000 words, and she’s only just begun.
Good luck to all the participants and I wish you all the best success in your challenges.

In Constant Dream State


ImageEver since I was a child I have always been a big daydreamer. My imagination would run wild and it didn’t help that I loved watching shows such as Sesame Street and the Electric Company (Remember this? HEY YOU GUYS!!!). These shows promoted imagination like it was a prescription drug that would cure-all your woes. When I grew older and in my late teens a friend of mine would comment, “Bu, you’re an idealist and I am a realist.” I would laugh at this and I suppose that is why we balance each other out so well. Books would be another way I would carry my mind away from every day annoyances. Before I knew it I started writing my own short stories.

One summer I tested my writing skills by getting a Spiral notebook and proceeded to involve my sister’s and my favorite band Duran Duran into our lives. My sisters and I each liked one of the band members. My  sister Lina’s favorite was Simon LeBon. I remember my sister Julie and I felt it would be funny if we told her Simon had died in a boating accident ( Simon was an avid sailor). Oh, the wailing that my sister emitted at the thought of her beloved dead at the bottom of the sea. It was quite difficult to keep ourselves from laughing. Boy, was Lina mad!

That was then and this is now. Now I am a grown woman; a wife and mother. I still find myself daydreaming and coming up with stories in my head. There are times I dream a whole story line while and when I wake up I feel as if I was really there. Unfortunately, daydreaming is not doing and that is the bandwagon I need to be on. I should take Nike’s advice and just do it. I have a finished novel and it has been finished for at least three years. Yet, I still have to get it published.

My daydreaming has left procrastinating to the to the point that procrastination has become my enemy. You see dreams will get you started on the path you want to take, but it won’t get you where you need to be if you don’t do something about it. I wrote this story when I entered into the annual NanoWriMo contest which has writers write a 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. I am happy to say that I took the challenge in 2008 and won. It was a great time in my life and that how I came up with my novel, Voices of Clara. I finally found a place to publish my works and now it’s time to get out of that dream state and just do it. Writing this blog is a way of getting me started and I feel the writing bug waking up inside me.

Remember to always keep dreaming and to make your dreams worthwhile you have to make some of them come true.