NaNoWriMo is NaNoNOW

HELLO BLOG HOW ARE YOU, YOU LOOK SO LOVELY. I’ve missed you so. I think about you a lot. But it’s hard to focus on a relationship as important as this one, when we’re both so busy doing other things.

But it’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo! I wouldn’t do a good job of describing it in my own words, so, from the site itself;

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”

Now, I tried NaNo once before, sophomore year of college, when my best friends were all doing it because we were either journalism or creative writing majors, and it was in our very nature to spend our free time writing.

I didn’t finish. I didn’t even get halfway. I can’t even remember what I was writing about, if it was about anything at all. (NOTE: I TOTALLY REMEMBER NOW. That’s a story for a different day.) But I don’t follow through on well, most things I do. I have tons of [great?] ideas and sometimes they just fall short. I often put my job, my friends, my family, all before things that I want to accomplish or undertake. So that’s not surprsing, really.

But I’m going to attempt NaNo 2014, because my job is reaching new levels of crazy stressful and my friends are split between New York and Long Island and I miss my family more than ever before and money is tight what with paying rent for the first time in my life and incurring all my own bills [but Mooooooom.] The responsibilities just pile up and I need a way to unwind. I have some social reservations that keep me from engaging in certain activities that might help with the whole, chill the fuck out thing. Like the gym. I used to love working out, in college I really enjoyed playing sports (which I suck at) or going for a run (which I suck at) or spending an hour at the gym (which I just straight up don’t do) but, like I said, I’ve got some personal issues keeping me from doing these things.

So, where do I find my outlet?

GOD I'm so funny, how does anyone stand it?

GOD I’m so funny, how does anyone stand it?

We’ll I’m gonna give my blog another try. I definitely can’t say that I’ll have time to write everyday, considering it’s November 5th and only my second day of sitting down and writing. But I’m going to try. When inspiration strikes, instead of watching six episodes of Gilmore Girls I’ll write for as long as I can, about as much as I can, in the form of as many blog posts as I can.

There’s no theme, much like my blog now has no theme. Sorry rules of the internet. But I just can’t stick to a theme. I can’t pick a passion. One thing that I love above all else. So I’ll write about whatever my heart desires and anyone who doesn’t like it can bleep bleep bleep bleep you thought this was going to be something dirty, didn’t you. [Highlight to read.]

It’s for me. Kudos to my friends whose blog are about their passion or like, a really friggen terrific idea. I’m going to write posts about some of my potentially terrific ideas that I just can’t see through to the end, and maybe someone will steal them and I’ll be super jaded about it and life will get interesting.

But maybe not. For now, good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo! For the first time, for the millionth time, for those who will never finish and to those who already have (those people don’t exist.)

I hope to post as many relevant rants here as I can. Some may be more suited for my work blog, because we haven’t posted anything on that since July. Sad. So watch out for typos and mistakes and stupid fuck ups because remember, editing is for December. (I love that tagline. Totally brilliant.)

 

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Danielle Villano, SUNY Purchase Creative Writer

Danielle Villano, editorial intern at Worth Publishers

Danielle Villano, editorial intern at Worth Publishers

Danielle Villano graduated just this past semester, so she hasn’t been out of school for too long.

But she’s already taking big steps in her post-Purchase life after her experience in the creative writing program.

Listen below to Danielle talk about her job, her goals, and her time at Purchase.

And if you have some time, check out her book review blog, The Reader’s Commute, or her Photo-A-Day project on Blipfoto, where’s she’s already well into her fourth year.  So much to do!  She’s a busy alumna!