Warning: this is your brain on Nano! Being fast isn't always smart. Be cautious and practice sound judgement before you hit the afterburner.
I’m having one of those weeks that offers so much. I have to be choosy about where I spend my energy and time when I really just want to run away and get lost in a corn maze!
Its fall break from school and I have kids at my house all day and sometimes all night for so-called slumber parties, which are just squealing, retina burning game marathons that hold me at the threshold of REM sleep.
We have zombie movies, pizza and popcorn on hand in case they wander out of the room seeking entertainment—or a snack of human brains!
I’m also planning a mini-Nano challenge for the month of November. You know Nano, it’s the sprint to the finish line, uber self-discipline, take no prisoners, make-mine-a-double-shot-espresso, balls to the walls, puffed-up sense of accomplish challenge where writers complete a 50k manuscript in 30 days.
I’m not exactly doing that.
I know myself too well. I’ll drive myself nuts, get coffeed-up and flame out 1/3 of the way from the finish line. I’m taking a shorter, softer approach to Nano. I’m aiming for a single short story of about 20k and I’m going for quality over quantity. I’m going to try a couple of new things, a slightly different “writing voice”, and a writing partner.
As I mentioned in last week’s blog I’m really looking forward to collaborating with the very talented and lovely Amber Skyze. I’m going to spend the next few days doing a little plotting and planning so the first story rolls on greased wheels like a sleek turbo jet rocket car, dipped in personal lubricant and strapped to the railroad tracks.
I wish! We shall see… Actually, I’m really excited about this. I’m excited about the collaborating part—not so much the greased turbo rocket car. That fantasy will have to wait.
Have you ever done Nano, or challenged yourself with a writing goal? If you have I’d love to hear about your experience.