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Write Love | NaNoWriMo In Just 3 Days

Dude. Where did October go? I was sitting over there filing my nails and making glib promises to write a novel in 30 days, and suddenly Halloween is here and I have to get started writing. Like, soon.


I have a title. It’s called “That Thing I’m  Gonna Start Writing.” I have no outline. I figured it would come to me in a dream. I have nothing simmering in my head, waiting to burst out onto the page.


2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileThe last few times I NaNo’d, I knew exactly what I was going to do, and I was revved up and ready to go. This year I am mid-book-tour, with a reading, an author fair and a research trip to another state planned (hello, Albuquerque!). In other years, I had been blogging about the book ideas. Once I wrote creative nonfiction. Another year I wrote 30 poems in 30 days. I’ve used NaNoWriMo in my writing classes to inspire students, and have guest-spoken in a middle-school classroom to budding authors on the delights of NaNo. I felt utterly confident about the ease of the project.


But here, now. In three days. I have no excuses. I have been working on other people’s projects. I have been producing nonfiction. But I haven’t been writing – my own sweet words. And chances are, as with many other areas of my life, that what I really long to do would get pressed to the side or nudged to the bottom of the list while I deal or manage or fix it for others. So. No title. No outline. Just a general idea, little more than an elevator pitch. One sentence with which to start a novel.


I’m not ready. But I’m ready. If you know what I mean.


Read all about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) here.

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Originally published on Modern Muse.

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, blogger and author. She has written for Redbook, Salon, and many other publications. She is Poet Laureate emeritus of Alameda, CA, and an alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Find her on social media @juliaparktracey.

1 Comment on Write Love | NaNoWriMo In Just 3 Days

  1. I became a member of NaNoWrMo years ago but life got in the way before I could do anything. Now, out of college and with a stable job, I think I am as ready as I’m going to be. I have no plan, no title and no outline. I’m just going to go for it. Maybe next year I’ll plan. The pressure of it all always held me back. I think there is something free and thrilling about writing without any idea what your words will bring to life.

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