The Best Planned NaNoWriMo

Went to hell…

I spent half of September and all of October prepping for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a writing experience where writers attempt to write 50,000 words in thirty days. I’ve won NaNo once, back when I lived in New York, but I haven’t really committed to it since moving to Charlotte. For writers, one of the real benefits of NaNo is a chance to meet other writers. There are few things better than meeting people who share you passion. This year I was ready to rock NaNo. My new work in progress is called It’s All Fine. It’s my first attempt at historical fiction.

Of course, you know what they say about the best laid plans…

On October 28, I fell and went to Urgent Care to deal with the wrist pain. I was told it was good unless I heard back from them later that night when the x-rays were read. Three full days later, on Halloween night, I got a call from Urgent Care letting me know I had fractured my right wrist. So, on November 1, instead of getting up early to start my NaNo project, I was at the orthopedist, having my dominant wrist wrapped up in a cast. At least my cast is purple, which reminds me of the childhood classic Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Me attempting to mouse with the purple cast

This is my first cast experience and I hope it’s my last. It’s no fun. It’s frustrating, inconvenient and bothersome. I can type in small doses and drive; however, my job requires more than small doses of typing, which means at the end of the day, typing my novel is not really feasible or comfortable. And I can’t hold a pen or hand write while in the cast. We’re not even going to talk about the joy of showering and dressing.

I’m resigned to the fact that I’m unlikely to win NaNo this year and that I’ll have a smaller start on the new book then I’d hoped.  It’s all fine, my book will get written. It’s been great to focus on something other than the book I’m sending out to agents, Fear of Falling. After a few years working on that book, it’s an amazing feeling to work on a new project.

Even casted, I love writing and NaNo. And I’m counting my blogging towards my 50,000 word goal.

How cool is it to get to hang out with a bunch of writers? It’s such a treat to hear people’s story ideas and learn about their process. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn something or make a new friend along the way. Even if I don’t win, I make progress in my writing.

What do you do to meet people with similar passions? And how do you cope with disappointment? I could use some pointers 🙂


Lauren J

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