Sunday, October 31, 2010

Writing Retreat #3: The Bugle Call to Go Forward

     Rather than ‘retreating’ on Friday, I had lunch in town with a new writing acquaintance from the conference in Eureka Springs. It was a long lunch—and a productive one. A retreat signals getting away from, but meeting with a fellow writer always signals new ideas and directions.
     I came away from the meeting committed to being part of a new Facebook page featuring local writers, as well as a blog featuring same. Platform. I can remember when I didn’t know what the word meant, and now I look for every possible plank to plunk down! So stay tuned here for future developments and opportunities to guest blog at a brand new blog that may well reach a brand new (local) market.
     The weekend turned into a ‘double whammy’ as I decided to brave the unknown and find my way to the regional NaNoWriMo Kickoff in Little Rock. For those of you who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it is National Novel Writing Month in which people from all over the world—and I mean that quite literally!—commit to write a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. Just type in the full name or the abbreviation for a more complete explanation and all the information you could possibly ask for.
     So why do writers get involved in something like that? I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I have a couple of reasons why this is my fourth year and, hopefully, my third ‘win’. No, there’s no $$ involved, just a nice badge to download to your website or blog that says you’re a ‘winner’—and the self-satisfaction of having accomplished a rather monumental feat. I write for the satisfaction of the badge—and also because it gives me yet another ‘completed’ work to revise and perhaps submit somewhere.
     The most important reason why I’m part of NaNo is the camaraderie of it. To be a part of a world-wide people who are, wonder of wonders, ‘like me’. To get to know new people and soak up ideas both online and in person. To write—because that’s what writers do.
     If you’d like to see what I’m pursuing this year, visit my website at and click on the NaNoWriMo tab.
     As for writing retreats, I’ll still be doing them this month, mainly at local weekly write-ins where watching another person’s fingers fly over the keyboard will inspire mine to do the same. At the end of the month, I’m treating myself to a long weekend of R&R in a nice hotel. Of course, the lappy will go along as there will be more words to write in order to finish. With the necessity of turning out an average of 1,667 words per day to compete the task, one doesn’t want to waste a single day. 
     NaNoWriMo 2010 officialy begins at 12:01 AM. I’m smiling in anticipation!


Donna Alice said...

I'm committed too. Just posted my first 4000 words but have more on a flash drive that needs to be updated. Didn't want to do this, didn't think I had the time - but suddenly, I see some ideas coming together for two books that I didn't see before! Write on!

K9friend said...

Congrats on finishing NaNo, Judy! It's a great feeling!