October 31, 2018


It's that time again! Time for NaNoWriMo, when (seemingly) every other writer in existence vows to write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month, but when I say, "You ain't the boss o' me!" and do my own challenge that's way easier and won't completely destroy my desire to create. Forget "NaNoRebel"; I'm a veritable NaNoNe'er-Do-Well!

This year, I shall be doing NaNo(inVerse)WriMo, where I will write one novel over the course of fifty months! Just kidding (actually, not kidding: that is the timeline for the AHFM). NaNo(inVerse)WriMo actually stands for National Novel (in Verse) Writing Month. I've of course already started my novella, but have only have a handful of poems, a few single lines, and a somewhat complete outline that gets pretty shaky in the later chapters. While that's all well and good, there's also a lot going on this month: interning, finals, applying for jobs, volunteering for the iSchool, attending Tucson Comic Con, going home for Thanksgiving, etc (seriously, whose bright idea was it to set Nano in the busiest month of the year?).

I was ambitious a month ago, and thought I could try for four chapters during NaNo... and then more things came up and I thought maybe three would be doable. Well, as of now, I'm putting my foot down (with myself?) and settling on two chapters. That might not sound like much, but consider that I'm writing those chapters as a number of limericks, waka, sonnets, villanelles, and so on (thank goodness I talked myself out of sestinas!). Hopefully one chapter in fifteen days will be doable, especially since the first two chapters are the ones I've properly fleshed out and outlined. We shall see.

I'll be lucky to hit 5,000 words, and I can't say I'll do too much on the NaNo forums, but if you want to be the writing buddy of a NaNoNe'er-Do-Well, especially if you yourself are such a rebel, rapscallion, or rogue, you can find me at RoseCorcoranWrites. I'll also be doing weekly updates on my progress on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo—or whatever—this year. We can do it!

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