All Hallows’ Eve. The night when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is lifted, and spirits come to visit. The night when people honor their dearly departed with lit candles and dumb suppers. Men and women hold hands around tables across the world to call upon the dead. Girls gaze in mirrors to see the faces of their future husbands. Children bob for apples and play Trick or Treat.
For some, Halloween is a solemn occasion. For others, it is Samhain, the Celtic New Year. The beginning of the dark time of year. The time of ends, and new beginnings. And for others, it is simply a fun time of sticky sweet candy and staying up late watching Bela Lugosi.
And then, for a small group of quite nutty (but harmless) others, it is the beginning of a fervent time called, NaNo.
Yes. National Novel Writing Month is here again.
I did my first NaNo in ’07. My second in ’08. Everyone has their own reasons for participating. Mine was to teach me discipline. I wanted to approach writing as a professional. I wanted to develop the discipline to sit down at the keys when I didn’t feel like it and when the Muse was off shopping for a new dress. In that, I succeeded. Ever since I won my first Nano- writing everyday has become a natural part of my life and I’m pleased with the results of such effort.
So today, I wondered- Why am I doing NaNo again? What lesson can I gleam from it this year? And then the answer came: abandonment. I want to stop thinking so much of the novel I have out on submission. I want to simply write and have fun.
So, here’s to 3o days of wildly clicking away at the keys. Total banishment of evil inner editors. No reading professional blogs about the dire state of the publishing world. I’m going to write in total, wonderful, ignorant bliss.
For those of you doing NaNo- what are your reasons?
And Happy Halloween, everyone!