Lara Nieberding

The Purple Lara

I attended my first Write-In

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In a moment of INSANITY, I signed up for the National Novel Writing contest.  Might I remind you? I have never written ANYTHING!  Well, you know besides a couple of snarky blog entries.  Yet, I write like a maniac every day now.  The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30.  I set a personal goal of 2,000 words per day.  I figure since this year’s Thanksgiving feast is at my house, if I have 50k by November 25 I won’t be the glassy eyed, sleep deprived, engrossed in the lives of my characters hostess.  Uh…not that my guests would notice.  They probably would say I look glassy eyed and sleep deprived most years.  However that has to do with other variables and not writing.  I just thought of a side benefit to having my novel finished by Nov 25.  When my family asks me, “so Lara what do you want to be when you grow up?”  I can respond “I want to be a writer!”  When they roll their eyes and pat my head while saying “sure honey sure.”  I will be able to say, “no. really. here is my novel.” (grins an evil grin at the prospective situation)

As of this post, I am on target with my goal.  I have been able to achieve 2,000 words per day.  I am actually looking forward to my writing time each night.  As an official participant in NaNoWriMo, I signed up for some of the forums.  WOW! Those forums are so active.  Evidently writers like to write.  They write all the time.  Some of the participants word counts are in the 15,000 range and we are only in day 5.  One of the things they do on the forums is announce write ins.  I was so excited when I saw there would be a write in event in my area.

It was so much fun.  The people were mostly college students.  It did not bother me that I was the oldest or second oldest person there.  The people were vetran NaNoWriMo participants.  It did not bother me that I was the only “non-writer” there.  They were so friendly.  They were full of advice.  They shared openly about their novels. They shared about their writing trials and tribulations.  The two hour event went by so quickly.  When I left I felt energized and inspired.  I am looking forward to attending next week’s write in.

Ok. That is all for now. Cause…you know…I have to go write.

Written by The Purple Lara

November 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM

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