In just twelve hours my life will be changed and perhaps yours, too. Midnight, November 1, 2013, begins the annual NaNoWriMo, a challenge for writers worldwide to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Daunting? Yes. Scary? OMG! Exciting? Yep! I’m so ready to take this on.
Dirty Laundry 2 has been in my head and in notes on a bright yellow legal pad for months. DL2 is the story of online dating seen through my eyes and experiences and those of friends and acquaintances.
My muse has been screaming at me to write it, get it done, get it out there. I’ve stalled for a few reasons.
1. It will be the gritty, sometimes unpleasant truth about the reality of the bad guys out there, along with some laugh ’til you pee your pants experiences.
2. The creation of a book is hard work, emotionally trying and time consuming.
3. Fear. What if I can’t do it? What if I do it and no one likes it?
4. What if one of those bad guys decides to get retribution and sues the pants off me? (I have nothing, so they can’t get anything.)
The opposite side is:
1. There is nothing more satisfying to a storyteller than a finished story unless, of course, is it when that story is read and enjoyed.
2. The process can be stimulating – using different parts of the brain for different chores, maintaining a schedule, searching for new and different ways to say something.
3. NaNoWriMo brings a brand new set of acquaintances with which to brainstorm, chat and learn from, along with phenomenal teachers who are willing to help the novice as well as the seasoned writer.
4. The feeling of accomplishment on November 30, 2013, when the first draft of a brand new book is complete – and the revision and polishing begins.
There is so much more to writing a book than I can explain here. The biggest thing is to Just Do It!
I‘m ready to be part of NaNoWriMo 2013. Are you ready to read another story about Miss Marly?
P.S. DL 2 has two working titles. Please choose one and let me know.
1. Dirty Laundry 2: Widow Gone Wild
2. Dirty Laundry 2: Hung Out to Dry