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NaNoWriMo: Round 2

Last year, for the first time ever, I attempted to participate in NaNoWriMo.

Sort of.

I had planned on turning that 50,000 words in one month challenge into a series of short stories.  I wrote a few decent ones, I think.  Maybe I’m biased.  Okay, yes, I’m biased.  But I wrote a few, is the important part.  I didn’t get anywhere near the 50,000 word mark, though, and utterly failed (rage quit) by the end.  I blame school.  Whoever thought November was the perfect month for National Novel Writing is a total jerk.

That being said, I’m going to try my hand at it again.  Why?  Because quitters never prosper.  Or something like that.  This year, I actually plan on writing a novel.  I’m going to work on a story I’ve been wanting to write and been developing for the past decade or so.  I’m nervous and excited, because this is one of those stories that I’ve been too scared to write.  It matters more to me than I could ever say.  It’s my “masterpiece”, in a sense.

Anyhow, I’m not starting this without a plan .  As I already said, I’ve been developing this story for the past ten years, so I know the characters, the world, and the plot fairly well.  Because of my fear for this story, however, I’ve never set anything in stone, made solid the vision in my head, so there are still a lot of kinks I need to work out before the month starts.  I have to draw up an outline, which may see a lot of the ideas I attached to this project get tossed out the window, and other ones will need to be brainstormed.

I’ll try to post status updates on the story as I work.  Maybe that’ll keep me on track.  I’m also looking to get together NaNoWriMo buddies to help stay motivated, and maybe people I can trade work with, so we can give each other feedback and encouragement.  If you’re at all interested, let me know in comments, or contact me via private message on twitter.

Otherwise, wish me luck!  And if you’re doing the NaNoWriMo thing next month, best of luck on meeting your goal!

Have you ever known something, though you didn’t really know, because no one had told you, you had no proof or evidence, but deep inside you knew?  

Then you’re given that confirmation, and suddenly you really know, and you’re taken a bit aback?  And in that emotion that comes from suddenly really knowing, you realize, maybe you didn’t want to know.  Which is silly, because you did know, you always knew, but maybe, a part of you just didn’t want to believe it was true.  You wanted a little hope, which you never had to begin with, so you really just wanted someone, anyone, to tell you that you were wrong, that you didn’t know, and that you were allowed to hope.

But now that you know, really know, you’re left with this odd kind of heartache.  It’s silly to be sad to now know something you always knew?  And how can you mourn a hope lost that you never had, you were only hoping someone would give you?

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