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Opportunity: NaNo Knocks!

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in NaNoWriMo · opportunity
Oxford Dictionary: A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary:  A favorable juncture of circumstances.
November brings us NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  For those who jump into the NaNo madness—committing to write a 50,000 word novel by month’s end—this is an opportunity of grand proportions. It means we must set aside our negative thinking (Who wants to read anything I write anyway?), our whining about lack of time (I’m too busy folding laundry!), and our desire to have any semblance of a normal sleep pattern (“Just. . .one. . .more. . .word. . .Zzzzz. . .), for thirty days. But at the end of it all, if we complete the challenge, we have the bones of a novel just waiting for rewrites and edits. But it is OUT, you understand? No longer bubbling in our brains like so much alphabet soup.
So NaNoWriMo is a writer’s opportunity to write. It is an opportunity to shut out many of the distractions and activities that gum up our clock. For instance: 

  • “Fix dinner? Can’t. I have to write 2,000 words for Nano.” 
  • “Clean the bathrooms? Yeah, sorry. NaNo.”  
  • “Wash Thanksgiving dishes? Uh, no. I lost time basting the turkey. Gotta write. It’s NaNo.” 

You get the idea. NaNo is a writer’s ultimate opportunity to focus on writing, or more specifically, to blow off all the stuff that we normally allow to take precedence over our writing. 

Now, in the grand scheme of fantasy opportunities, NaNo doesn’t rank up there with, say, being trapped in an elevator for thirty minutes with Arthur Levine, but it is an opportunity nonetheless. And one worth jumping at, especially if you have a supportive family who understands you intend to complete that 50,000 come hell, high water, or an overflowing laundry basket.
While mucking around the net I came across this quote:
“Let’s assume that each person has an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different. To realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.”  —-John Fischer
How is that for a marvelous summation of our work and passion as writers? Isn’t that what we’re striving for every time we put pen to paper or set our fingers on a computer keyboard? The opportunity to become different, to realize the potential encompassed in our passion.  It’s there every time we write, even without the kick in the pants that is NaNoWriMo.

Opportunity:  The chance to unleash our unique potential. Every time we write.
See you next for Book Blurb Friday!

16 Responses to "Opportunity: NaNo Knocks!"

  1. Comment by Madeleine
    November 2, 2011 at 6:02 am  

    Good luck to all the nanos out there. I admire you all. I'm going to try to do it alongside you, rather than officially take part, but so far I only managed 700 words yesterday, though I now have a total of 1900 for my 1st chapter.

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 2, 2011 at 6:46 am  

    Lisa, you surpass your potential with evrything you write. You are an amazing and gifted writer. Your book should be on the shelf in 29 days.

  3. Comment by Sandra Davies
    November 2, 2011 at 6:53 am  

    It's the achievement isn't it? The going from "50K words in a month? Impossible!" to "Done it!!" when you really didn't think it possible, had perhaps never even thought about it before.And the support of fellow NaNos makes a BIG difference too.

  4. Comment by K9friend
    November 2, 2011 at 9:00 am  

    I'm a little sad to miss the insanity this year, but I already have 2 untouched manuscripts. Perhaps instead I'll dust off #1 and start revising!Good luck with NaNo!PatCritter Alley

  5. Comment by Christine Murray
    November 2, 2011 at 9:28 am  

    I love this post! It fires me up with enthusiasm and inspiration (which is a good thing – I'm already a day behind).

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 2, 2011 at 10:02 am  

    Lisa, I know you'll make it–there's something about that Nano goal that gets you going!(You fix dinner during the other months? Don't tell Dave–he bought that whole "Nobody cooks anymore" thing. 🙂

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    November 2, 2011 at 10:37 am  

    Lisa, I love how you write. Alphabet soup sums up my brain. Congrats, I am so proud of you for doing this two years in a row, and am so happy that you have a supportive family.See you Friday!Kathy

  8. Comment by Joanne
    November 2, 2011 at 10:44 am  

    So happy for you!!! and such a big accomplishment at the end! maybe next year I will join up.Blessings, Joanne

  9. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    November 2, 2011 at 11:04 am  

    I guess now would we be a bad time to ask you to critique all my unpublished manuscripts. Ha ha, just kidding. Good luck girl.

  10. Comment by Kim
    November 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm  

    This is my first attempt at NaNo…let's have some fun! I know I'll end up with 50,000 words of crap – but it's MY crap.Then the revisions will begin…

  11. Comment by Bookie
    November 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm  

    Very positive post! I have never taken on this challenge but would like to someday. Thus far, Novembers all look so loaded I know I could not…maybe the right November will come along someday.

  12. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    November 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm  

    I thought about it this year. And I'm going to think about it again next year, so you never know. LOLKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    November 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm  

    Great, awesome, inspiring post, Lisa! I needed to hear this. I'm not doing NaNo, but still need to write everyday. And yes, my laundry baskets are severely neglected, too, but now I feel like that's a good thing. 🙂

  14. Comment by Lynn
    November 3, 2011 at 12:07 am  

    Great post Lisa. I know you'll do it just like last year! Yay! Woot! Woot! (Is that wooting still in?)

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    November 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm  

    Madeleine – Good for you! The important thing is that you got your writing accomplished. :)Linda – You're too sweet to me! I wish it would be publisher ready in a month. Alas, it will take much, much longer. Sandra – Yes! The support is phenomenal. I love our writing community!Pat – My NaNo from last year is still waiting revision also. The whole NaNo process taught me a great deal about my writing, so I'm glad I participated and am happy to jump in again this year. You'll get to #1 when you're ready.Christine – Thanks! I'm happy to hear that. :)Cathy – Your secret is safe with me. Kathy – Thanks! Me too. LOLJoanne – Give it a try. You may be surprised by how much you accomplish.Laraine – Hehe…thanks for not asking. I'd have a tough time saying no, and then I'd really be in trouble. Kim – You bet! Getting it out of the brain and into written form is an accomplishment. Even if it IS crap. LOL I agree with you. As bad as my completed NaNo is, it's mine. :)Bookie – I agree they might have chosen a better month. With Thanksgiving taking up a bunch of days, it is difficult to fit it all in.Kay – Well. . .at least you're thinking! LOLDeb – You've been very prolific, so it must be working. Laundry notwithstanding. :)Lynn – Ha! We can woot whether it's "in" or not. I'm over 50, so I'm a comfortable, happy wooter. Hehe…

  16. Comment by Léna Roy
    November 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm  

    Hear ye, hear ye! I'm so glad that you found me so that I could find YOU! Write on, writing buddy! Love, your NaNo buddy and new follower!

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