Once again, I have succumbed to the siren call of National Novel Writing Month.
That's the plan, anyway. Yesterday, I updated my profile page and declared my intentions. I made a donation, so now I have a golden halo draped rakishly over my profile picture. This year, I decided to become slightly less anonymous. Oh, I still use a cryptic, made-up name, but now I have an image to go with my handle: a sepia-toned photo from the National Gallery, ca. 1898, of a Slovenian girl in national dress.
That photo of the Slovenian girl is supposed to remind me of this month's goal. I hope to complete a long second installment of the memoir/narrative nonfiction project I've been working on for the last couple of years, about my search for my ethnic roots. I just gave it a name: Roots and Branches. Eventually, I hope I'll have a book.
Is NaNoWriMo a good strategy for me? I'm not sure. My one published book, Accordion Dreams, was written the old-fashioned way. It didn't start with a a big, intense burst of writing. It was a long, slow, steady process.
Also, strictly speaking, I'm breaking a couple of the NaNoWriMo "rules": I'm writing nonfiction and I'm working on an already-started project. But there's a place for people like me in the NaNo universe. We even have a special forum, called NaNoWriMo Rebels.
I don't expect to have the same wild, exhilarating ride I experienced during my first NaNo, when I wrote a draft of my very first novel. (It's now officially retired!) But perhaps I'll capture a little bit of that energy and creative spirit. I hope so.
I just can't resist the allure of the NaNo promise: Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon!
Good luck to everyone else who will be joining me this month.
Causes Blair Kilpatrick Supports
Louisiana Folk Roots, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Habitat for Humanity/Musician's Village New Orleans, Doctors Without Borders