In my last blog entry, I noted that I would be attempting NaNoWriMo; that is, I would try to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Succinctly put: I failed. Utterly. Miserably. Horribly. Failed.
Week one went well. I wrote 10,000 words. I don’t think that there was much plot, character development, or any setting of which to speak within the 10,000. But oh there were words. When week two rolled in, however, my little boy got sick. Then I got what he had. Then his sister got it. And the thought of sitting down to write became so daunting I began actively avoiding nouns, verbs, a few adjectives, and most adverbs. By week three I was so far in the hole that I wore my shame like a warm hug. And week four? Why do they even have National Novel Writing Month in November anyway? It’s barren, freezing, dark, cold and flu season, and the gateway into winter holiday preparation! Why would I have even wanted to finish?
The grapes of NaNoWriMo are very sour.
Nonetheless, I have 10,000 more words than I had at the beginning of November. That’s something, as the good people of NaNoWriMo are quick to point out. It is better to have written a few words than not to have written at all. And for those like me who don’t always reach the goal on the first try, I give you a bibliography for reflection. The books listed below demonstrate that if at first you don’t succeed (or even on the second, third, fourth, or fifth try), you still might be okay.
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Lloso
3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier ( J C815c)
4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (J Sp4s)
5. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
6. Taking Off by Jenny Moss
7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
8. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
9. Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
10. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak