Mission impossible

Sammy is not still

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November begins Thursday, and thousands of people will begin intensive efforts to do incredible stuff in 30 days. Write 50,000 word novels, draw 30 drawings, write 30 blog posts…. It’s a striking expression of creativity and desire to explore what’s possible.

Last year’s DrawMo was a success for me. I averaged one drawing per day, which was my goal. but I also discovered how interesting it is to capture the visual, to explore being uncomfortable, and to see how others approach drawing. I look forward to create 30 new things this month. I’ll post them here and at the official DrawMo site.

I didn’t fare as well with NaNoWriMo last year, writing only a few thousand words and never quite getting off the ground. I could pile up reasons for my failure, but as NaNoWriMo Participant, 2007Coach Tomlin says, “That would be an excuse and we don’t make them.” The important thing is that I’ve signed up again this year, and I’m going to write my 50,000 words, by gum.

My Fat Plum partners Julie Long and Judy Schneider are also prepping for NaNoWriMo this year, so we’ll make it a team effort. We’re starting Thursday with a writing kickoff at Panera in Allison Park. I have no ideas for what to write my NaNo novel about, so I plan to people-watch and find inspiration in a suburban strip mall.

8 replies on “Mission impossible”

  1. Wow. I got closer to doing NaNoWriMo this year, but no dice. I think it might send me into a downward spiral of sleep deprivation, lack of focus and insanity…more than I already am doing on my own, thank you very much. I can’t wait to hear about your story and how team FatPlum is doing.

    (Wow. Did I say that already?)

  2. Thanks, Susan! I’m sorry you can’t do NaNoWriMo this year.

    You should think about DrawMo though! It doesn’t take as much time, and I bet you’ll find it opens new avenues for thinking and creativity.

    Plus, you probably have lots of drawing tools around the house — crayons and markers and a slew of pencils and paper. Do it!!

  3. Erich: You are being obscure, but I expect no less from you.

    She was moving around, and each time she moved I started the drawing again, but I used the same piece of paper and didn’t erase.

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