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Fun with National Novel Writing Month, Nanowrimo

Today is 10/17/15. Only 15 more days until the beginning of Nanowrimo, Nano for short. It has been my pleasure to play with this group challenge for the past three years and be a winner each year. That isn’t to say it has been easy.

Out of the Nano challenge has come three books which took much longer than 30 days to get ready for the press.

What is Nano? The month of November and 50,000 words. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in November. 1667 words per day is all it takes. That’s only 6 1/2 page of double spaced manuscript. Sounds easy doesn’t it? It is if you can put your butt in a chair every day and write.

November is always a horror story for me. It seems the whole world gangs up on me. The first year, a group I work with renewed some roofs up in Hopi land for six days. I would drag myself into bed every night after pounding on my keyboard as long as I could see the keys, maybe an hour. My right hand man fell off a roof and planted face first in the dirt. I spent two days with him while we found a surgeon to repair his face and another to fix a busted wrist in one trip to the OR. As he moaned on the bed in the motel, I wrote. While he was in with the doctor, I wrote. When I got home, I wrote like crazy.

Thanksgiving weekend always gets in the way. Last year I got to spend the weekend with a son and his family. We had something like 20 people for dinner, Ball family tradition is invite everyone with an emphasis on those who might have no place to go. Early in the morning, I wrote. Late into the night, I wrote. The week after my wife and I had the privilege of baby sitting the four kids while mom and dad went on a retreat. I wrote sitting in the car after school, outside the dentist office, in the parking lot at the ballet studio, and the most fun, during a recital.

Two years ago November ended with a crash. The 29th was an open day on my calendar. I wrote. I wrote over 7,000 words to finish my 50,000. I took my wife to the ER the next morning and spent the day in peace only because of my faith and the fact that I wrote the day before.

There is a common complaint among writers. “Where can I find time?” I wrote on the highway up in Hopi land awaiting a load of materials. Got a couple hundred great words done in the hour I waited. Boy, did they need editing.

Sign up at Nanowrimo.org and get to writing. I challenge you.

© 2017 Doug Ball – Author