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Can you feel the excitement?

We’re approaching one of my favourite times of the year times two!

Sunday is the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) AND half price chocolate day.

What a great boon to all those NaNoers who will need that extra boost of sugar in their systems to get a jump on their word count. Having said that I’m pretty sure with all the socializing, I’ll fall behind over the first few days.

The kickoff is Saturday afternoon which flows into Hallowe’en – which technically won’t interfere with writing time unless you count the sugar rush and hangovers that could result from all the festivities. I’m sure my hands will be shaky and my knees will be weak on Sunday Morning as I attempt to include the Sunday Brunch Writing Prompts at www.Toasted-Cheese.com in my latest NaNo¬† novel.

Then it’s off to make a quick stop at Waves in New West to hang out with some of the writing folks in this end of the burbs on my way dowtown to hang with the Sunday NaNo social crew. Then it’s off to a friends for dinner and a movie then back home to write (assuming I’m still somewhat awake and coherent). I’m tired just thinking about it.

Good thing there’s all that half price chocolate and candy available.

For those about to write we salute you. Gird your loins, loosen your belts (damn all that half price junk food) perk your coffee, ditch your inner editor and pen, pen that novel.

2 days to NaNoWriMo

ready, set, panic!

Are you a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pantser. I am definitely a pantser. I did a complete outline once. When I had it finished I no longer wanted to write the novel because I knew how it ended.

If you’re like me we’re in good company. At the Surrey International Writers’ Conference I attended a seminar conducted by Hallie Ephron. When asked how she writes she admitted that she was on 260 of her new book and still had no idea who-dun-it. It was a 300 page book, she was begining to feel a bit uneasy. But, she hasn’t failed yet, so I take heart in knowing I’m not completely insane by writing the way I do.

I’ve done more planning this year than usual. This story idea came to me last spring while digging in my garden. I’ve been mulling over it during spare moments and think I have a good idea for the set-up. I still have no idea what’s going to happen. I’m sure the characters will let me know.

Last year I started out with 4 names and knew one of them was an alien hiding out on earth. That’s it, That’s all.

Ready or not, NaNo starts Sunday morning at 12:01am. This year I might even take an evening nap, make a cup of coffee and start writing at the sound of the gun. At least that’s my plan. What about you?

Oh and added bonus the clocks go back an hour on November 1st – whee!