OPEN THREAD: Do You NaNoWriMo?

I'll show you mine if you show me yours. (Novel outlines, that is.)
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I'll show you mine if you show me yours. (Novel outlines, that is.)
Here I am, badly lit, at a poetry reading. The poem I was reading had the word "fuck" in it and was about sex and yes, it felt strange to be reading it against a backdrop of children's' books. 

Here I am, badly lit, at a poetry reading. The poem I was reading had the word "fuck" in it and was about sex and yes, it felt strange to be reading it against a backdrop of children's' books. 

I may or may not have gone off on long-form fiction in my Sunday book column (read: I did. I'm fickle. Whatever. Also, should we make a "Sunday Book Column" a thing that we do? Let's revisit this in the comments because now this whole paragraph is one long, unrelated parenthetical statement). However, not reading does not equate not writing. I'm still writing. Hell, I'm even half-heartedly participating in NaNoWriMo. Are you?

Here I am at AWP '15 with many books! (SPOILER ALERT: There are no novels here. But still! Books!)

Here I am at AWP '15 with many books! (SPOILER ALERT: There are no novels here. But still! Books!)

Here's the thing about me and writing fiction: I'm not particularly confident about it (whereas, I have a moderate sense of swag when it comes to my poetry and lyrical non-fiction and corgi columns) so I pretend not to aspire to doing it well. Instead, I shrug and do a graceful, full-body twisty sneer thing the way Jessica Lange would if, in any season of AHS, she had the occasion to say, "I've never had any interest at all in writing a novel." 

There are some novels fo sho' on this shelf. 

There are some novels fo sho' on this shelf. 

But, honestly, I'm pretty excited about NaNoWriMo. Even if I don't finish the whole "project," it's an excuse to push myself hard into a regular writing schedule and to chat with you guys about character development and plots and the merits of the novel vs. the novella, surrealist fiction vs. fantasy and how Margaret Atwood goes hard on Twitter (see below, she's such a boss) and, in no particular order, any of these other NaNoWriMo-tangential topics:

  • How very, very irritating the #amwriting hashtag is on Twitter.
  • Your most successful and more spectacularly unsuccessful NaNoWriMo attempts.
  • What's your novel about? OR What would your novel be about? OR What won't you ever write about?
  • What books make you itch to start writing? 
Buzzfeed was also at AWP and they asked us what our favorite novels are. Geek Love is mine. 

Buzzfeed was also at AWP and they asked us what our favorite novels are. Geek Love is mine. 

Let's do it.