Daily Archives: October 31, 2011

NaNoWriMo: 5 hours to go, can I panic yet?

After all your preparation, notes, ideas, outlining, research and dreams of NaNoWriMo logos (Anyone? No? Maybe just me then) it all comes down to this one final moment. Yes, dear blog reader, National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us! I can almost hear the collective anxious pause as novelists all around the world sit with fingers poised, ready to unleash our imaginations in 30 days of writing frenzy!

The most common question I’m seeing in forums and Tweets is: “Can I panic yet?”

In short. Nah. Don’t sweat it! Maybe you’ve spent weeks preparing for the writing onslaught, from endless outlines and character bio’s to research and setting up your NaNo Survival Kit. Or perhaps you’re just going to wing it and set those fingers to work translating the stuff trapped in your noggin into wordy goodness.

Whatever floats your boat.

And the statement I see most often is: “I’m not prepared for NaNo.”

You are. And you’re not. No one is. Not really. You can prepare as much as you like but in the end it is your imagination that breathes life into your story and characters. Those lovely sparks of inspiration are what you want to capture. Susan over at Three Cats on a Sofa says it best in her post: Don’t Write What You Know, Write What You Feel.

I have a few last-minute tips to calm your chi and enhance your karma. Or to put it another way: “Take a deep breath, focus, then let the words flow like mountain spring water, clear and true.”

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