Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo: The NaNo Warrior

The NaNoWriMo Warrior
By Cathy Dilts

Deanna Knippling is a NaNoWriMo warrior. I had asked our reporter pool if anyone planned to take Thanksgiving off. I know other NaNoers who are working ahead on their word count, so they can enjoy not writing for the day, and just indulge in food and relaxation.

Not Deanna.

She is going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving “so I don't have a lot of cooking tasks to do.” I wish I’d thought up that plan! As for NaNoWriMo, Deanna said, “I'll get the writing done before we leave.”

So she must be struggling along like the rest of us, right? The word count is coming along, but still out of reach? Nope. Deanna has already passed the 50,000 word goal, with over 63,000 words. And she claims that she has slowed down, because her freelance work has picked up.

I asked Deanna whether she has attended a NaNoWriMo write-in. She was enthusiastic about the Pikes Peak Writers NaNoTryMo events.

Any last words of wisdom, Deanna, warrior NaNoer? “Writer equals Saturday night at the laptop.” Ah, yes. Writers write.

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