Hi, my name is Karen, and I'm an official blogger. I'm not sure why, exactly, seeing as how last year, like Dusty, my computer had a spectacular nervous breakdown (my favourite error message from the whole episode being "Your printer is confused" - no shit!) and I failed to finish. But here I am again, doing both Nanowrimo and Naplwrimo.
And so when the 1st of November rolled around I was hard at it, getting off to a great start and typing an encouraging blog to boot, right? Like hell I was. I wrote not a single word. I have the little excuses - my car had been broken into again and I had to replace the window; I had to go to a play and I accidentally went to the wrong one; I have two small children. I have the medium sized excuses - I hadn't done my character breakdowns, and I normally don't put a single word on the page without them; I have bad back ache and sitting is hell.
But the real excuse, the big, overwhelming excuse, is fear. I have a really fantastic idea for a play, it excites the hell out of me, and I am worried that I won't do it properly. That I'll screw it up. That I should take, oh, you know, a year or two to plan.
But sod it, this morning I woke up, took a deep breath, and wrote four pages of my play! Four whole pages! And when I'm done here, I'm going to go write more! And my sneaky plan is that I am going to write one of my character's blogs as my novel for Nano - killing two birds with one stone. So go on, all of you who didn't start, or had a false start, or only just found out about this whole shebang - just do it. Just start writing. You can always edit it, hell you can always delete the whole thing at the end of the month - but you probably won't.
Now excuse me, I have a play and a novel to write!
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