Facing The NaBloPoMo Challenge

by - November 1, 2013

She was so lovely - elegant - like a stream-lined motif for regal life.  Her voice had a blues singer crack in it and she giggled young though she had certainly left girlhood behind dusty decades ago.  I bought her book because I loved her face and the way she typed all the important things in Evernote like an eager college student while we sat in the lecture hall together - me (like I was that side of 50) writing long-hand with a cheap pen and notebook.

"I wrote it for NaNoWriMo," she told me.  And I was in awe.  Because I thought it was all hype and the big build up to failure but I held her book in my hands and I felt it's pages and I thought that might be the bravest thing ever - what she did - putting it down in a torrent of flying fingers and scrambled ideas.

I asked her to sign the book and her fingers were old and graceful and nails painted burgundy and she acted like it was the kindest thing in the world - that I would want her mark inside the cover that spilled her name in crisp white font.

NaBloPoMo November 2013I'm not brave enough yet.  I wish I was.  Maybe next November...

Instead, I'm propelling ahead with the NaBloPoMo challenge - a blog post a day - which lowers the daunting expectation of writing 1600 daily words but gives me a whole new kind of anxiety: What if I'm boring?  What if I have nothing to say?  What if my subscribers are annoyed when their in-boxes are dinging with daily hits of yours truly?

And what if I didn't do it and never realized that I could do it and totally missed out on a opportunity to push and better and dare myself? 

So here we go.  November first.  And I'm already worried about what I'll write about tomorrow...

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  1. Don't be so fearful! You're off to a fantastic start and honestly, if your readers didn't wanna read what you write, they can unsubscribe. You'll do great this month and I'm gonna do my best to read each one daily :) Don't have regrets about the novel month--that's a huge task. This is a great place to start.

    1. Aidan, you're always so encouraging - thanks! I hope I can keep you entertained ;)

  2. I love it! I love it! I love the way you take one concept and distill it clearly and concisely. I never feel like I'm compelled to read a novel when I see your postings in my in-box. It's truly like a breath of fresh air. Keep it up, Alanna!

    1. That's so nice to hear, Cassie! I'll work hard to make sure that breath of air continues to be fresh :)


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