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From Paris to NaNo – What’s a writer to do?

Ciao Everybody!  Three days ago my husband and I were sitting in our favorite café in Paris, La Terrasse du 7eme, sipping on espresso and noshing on foie gras and toast, when I said to him, “it’s time to go home and get back to work.”  So we said au revoir to Paris and headed home to rainy Seattle. We had just visited 6 countries in less than 30 days.  No, not on the Amazing Race, though at times it felt like it – we were on a Rick Steves Best of Europe tour and now feel like we’ve just been spit out of a hurricane – in a good way.

la terrasse

j and me coffee paris

Anyway, it’s fall which means stop lolly-gagging around and get back to the business of writing.  First it’s the two local conferences; The Edmond’s Write On The Sound conference is next weekend, October 4-6th, and the Surrey, BC., Writers Conference is the end of October. Then it’s NaNo; National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo, from November 1-30. NaNo’s mission is to inspire you to write a 50,000-word first draft in one month by writing about 1,700 words per day or 12,500 words a week.

This NaNo thing may seem far-fetched, impossible or simply doomed to fail, but alas, like any big project if you break it into workable

Amsterdam in the morning.

Amsterdam in the afternoon.

parts you can overcome. I didn’t think it was possible to visit, learn a bit of local language, eat local food and share a local experience that’s not on the radar of most tourist, while visiting the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France in 21 days, but it was and I lived to tell.  I’m sore, blistered, bruised, aching, jet-lagged, slightly disorientated from sensory overload, but as thrilled to have made it as you will be when you finish that first draft in 30 days. Come on, you can do it. I’ll be doing it too. I plan to start my next project the NaNo way. Now that I’ve survived the Rick Steves way, NaNo seems like small stuff.

If you need inspiration or evidence that writers really have written novels in a month, check out the NaNoWriMo site. It may give you the encouragement you need to turn your daydream of writing a novel into reality.

Now I have to go put Ben Gay on my back, re-bandage my blistered feet, start a diet, hopefully get through my jet-lagged day without making like a narcoleptic nap-taker, and then get ready for the conference. Ciao!   

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9 comments on “From Paris to NaNo – What’s a writer to do?

  1. Maureen Rogers
    October 7, 2013

    And on top of all that you just had a whirlwind weekend at WOTS! Take a deep breath, Mindy! Hope to see you in the next couple of weeks.
    Maureen

  2. Max
    October 2, 2013

    Welcome Home Mindy. We all missed you. Did you see Bob and Margot in Paris? Y’all must have been there at the same time! How’s progress on finding a publisher? Curious minds want to know. See you at L’s

    • Mindy
      October 2, 2013

      I only learned Bob was in Paris, the day I arrived home in Seattle. Bummer. I’m actually looking for an agent, not a publisher, and I’ve only queried 2 so far. I’ve got the Edmonds conference this weekend, then back to Louisa’s. Hope all is well, see you soon.

  3. Arleen Williams
    October 2, 2013

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and an equally admirable goal!

    • Mindy
      October 2, 2013

      Thanks Arleen, looking forward to getting back to Louisa’s. See you soon.

  4. Roxana Arama
    October 1, 2013

    So glad you’re back, Mindy. I missed you.

    • Mindy
      October 1, 2013

      Thank you! I look forward to getting back to writing after the Edmonds Conference this weekend. See you very soon.

  5. chennicole2013
    October 1, 2013

    Aren’t Rick Steves’ tours great?!

    I’m looking forward to seeing you at Write on the Sound. NaNoWriMo? Maybe someday.

    • Mindy
      October 1, 2013

      Thanks Nicole. See you in a few….

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