I had a dream last night. A really weird, scenes-that-don’t-go-together, blotchy, creepy, nonsensical, heart-sinks-in-my-stomach, Julia-Roberts-naked, post-apocalyptic, fighting-in-Iraq, helicopters, i-go-on-a-boat-ride, disturbing, scary, Tom-Hanks’-suicide, pizza-at-9pm-induced… [deep breath] dream.
I told The Deistette about it when I woke up and when I came to the end she actually winced and was rather genuine when she said, “THAT… is disturbing.”
Makes me wonder what the heck my head is filtering during the day that made it decide to let it all out during this dream. By the way…. julia roberts…. in my dream…
is SO hot naked.
Anyway… so Lazy Buddhist put up a post about a week ago describing her anxiety on participating in NaNoWriMo and she received some really encouraging comments telling her she should do it. I commented as well and wrote on her wall that if she participated in the annual event I would do it with her.
I heard about NaNoWriMo (oh, for new bloggers who stumble on this and haven’t heard of it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month) last year a little after I started blogging and it kinda stuck in my head. It sounds like a really intense challenge. Also a member at my church was participating in it. She seemed kinda stressed and filled with anxiety about it but not in a bad way… kinda in that “standing-in-line-for-a-roller-coaster” sort of anxiety when you hear everyone screaming and yelling in fear but delight all at the same time.
There is a similar event that I discovered right as it was happening. Found it on Discontinuous Permafrost’s place and it’s called FAWM… February Album Writing Month. It challenges songwriters to write 14 songs in 28 days. I might try that one, too…. who knows.
So i go to check out LB’s place this morning and what do i see. I see her little participant badge.
I don’t really read. I never really have so I don’t really know how a novel is constructed. I don’t really know what 50,000 words looks like. I don’t know the techniques writers use to develop characters, story lines, flow, etc. I don’t think of myself as having a really deep vocabulary. I use a lot of dots when i write… which i don’t think is something one would normally see in a novel. Do dots count as a word.
Anyway… i promised my friend LB I would do it with her and so I find myself… as with many recent events in my life, backing up into something I wasn’t quite prepared for. (hey! i just made that up. I think i’m gonna start the novel off something like that!)
yep, I’m jumpin into the NaNoWriMo fray. And although I just by some miracle found the beginning sentence of my novel, the reason I titled this post “The end is the beginning” is because after I saw that LB was participating I was wondering “what the hell am I gonna write about?” and I decided the end of my dream would be a good way to end the book. The first thing I had was the end.
At least now I’ve got the beginning, too. All I’ve got to do is fill in the middle.
It begins Nov 1st at midnight. It ends Nov 30th 11:59:59pm
wish me and LB luck!