dialect, hyphens, NaNoWriMo, Nutella, socks, South Africa

NaNoWriMo, Nutella, Hyphens and Socks. But not at the same time.


I’m doing my best to get excited for NaNoWriMo. I really am. But I have a problem:

I’ve outlined my novel already. I know–pretty much–what’s going to happen from start to finish. And that makes me feel like my writing is going to be a Paint-By-Numbers thing.

I hate that.

So between now and November 1st I have to figure out if I want to write my outlined novel, and work at making it fun and fresh, or if I want to pull an idea out of my ass, like I did last time, and see where it takes me.

Hey, it worked last time.

By the way, here is my writing buddy Elle’s blog. She likes hyphens, Nutella and long walks on the beach. (Actually, I’m guessing about the beach walking.) She’s from South Africa, and I sometimes wonder about her accent. How does a South African accent sound? I’m from Maine, so–naturally–I don’t have an accent, and that makes me curious about people who do. One day her novels will knock your socks off; assuming you’re wearing socks at the time, which I highly recommend.

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12 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, Nutella, Hyphens and Socks. But not at the same time.”

  1. Last time I tried NaNo, I had NO outline to speak of. I lasted three days and fell by the wayside. This time, with my outline slowly taking shape, I feel more hopeful. But am keeping my socks in for now! 😉

    And like you, I don’t have an accent, but lots of people in the US seem to think I sound British ….

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