|Pam Dawber (Mindy) with Robin Williams as Mork.|
...though that may describe a writer you know.
Okay, I explain: "nanu nanu" was the catch phrase greeting of Mork, an Orkan (from the planet Ork), played by Robin Williams in his breakthrough TV role, from the 1978-1982 show Mork and Mindy. [A spin off from Happy Days, no less.]
So what is NaNoWriMo? Na = National, No = Novel, Wri = Writing, and Mo = Month.
The idea is to get some words down each day for the thirty days of November. They don't have to be good. They don't have to be edited. You just write.
I set a goal of 1,500 words per day. That can only take a couple hours. Sure, I have to carve them out. Truth is, sometimes I get in the groove and that closes in on 3K. Other times I squeak in 500, but mostly I make my goal and by November 30 I have 40,000 words.
Brock D. Eastman is a busy man. He works F/T at a "regular" job and has a family, too, plus volunteer activities, etc. Yet he finds (makes) the time to write. He's the author of Howl Sage and the Quest for Truth Series (newest title is Unleash).
Another great YA writer is a Wayne Thomas Batson. He's a school teacher which means he brings home papers to grade at night. He, too, has a family. He is also a prolific writer. His works include pirate tales and Curse of the Spider King as well as a couple of fantastic series.
Time Will Tell
|"One does not simply find time to write..."|
One does not simply find time to write lying around in some extra time bin. Writers make time. They set it aside and use it to their advantage.
You see, writer's have to write, and they will do it because where there is a will there is a way. There is no life pause button for us and we work at writing more than play--though there is a certain joy in it.
The itch might be inside you, but you have resisted for practical reasons, telling yourself it's a pipe dream. Do you feel that little tingle?
Then take the NaNoWriMo challenge! Make up your mind to do it and you may very well find your true center that brings you the joy you've been missing.
Any nimnul can do that, if they try. And if you don't make your goal you can always say "shazbots!"