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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Season to write



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October 09, 2013 - I am preparing for battle.

A battle against plot bunnies, argumentive characters, energy zombies, repetitive word ninjas, oh... and procrastination.

Yes, it is almost time for November - National Novel Writing Month - writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That's right - for the entire month you write a novel averaging 1,677 words per day. You take your idea for a story and let it flourish while killing your inner editor because the inner editor will slow you down. Plus, after November is over you have plenty of time to edit... and sleep.

I have finished the last three consecutive NaNoWriMos I have participated in. The novels weren't completed but I made the 50,000 word mark. It is a good beginning.

This year I am continuing to work on an idea I had a few years ago during Camp NaNoWriMo. This November I am going to finish it. It has become the black sheep of the story idea family with characters ever changing and plot lines twisting and turning.

I believe it is now ready to make it past 20,000 words. It will make it to the end.

As long as I have plenty of caffeine I believe I will be fine. Sadly, Caribou Coffee has closed since the last NaNoWriMo - it was one of the writing spots I used but I have others in mind.

I am excited to add the Clarkston Independence District Library is participating in this year's NaNoWriMo with three write-ins. They will have space and refreshments on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 12- 4p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 - 8 p.m.

Keegan Sulecki, from the library, said she would have some power strips and people are allowed to bring their own items as well. My words of advice take a power strip, the more the merrier because nothing like losing battery on the laptop and all the outlets being used.

This NaNoWriMo I have taken on the role of co-Municipal Liaison for the Flint region along with two others. We host write-ins, help through tough spots, have prizes for Word Wars and stickers.

Want to give NaNoWriMo a try and join 500,000 writers from around the world as we sit down and create a 50,000 word novel?

Check out www.nanowrimo.org.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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