Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMovember

I have been tinkering with the idea of writing for a long time, but it wasn't until a friend suggested that the screenplay I was writing might be better off as a novel that I started making any progress. Fueled by countless friends and writers on Twitter, I set off to write. Then, in July 2011 while at a summer cottage with some friends I suffered a concussion. I've chronicled much of that story here and on Twitter. It was my fourth medically confirmed concussion (added to at least that many unconfirmed) and it had a profoundly negative impact on my life. Thinking straight for 5 minutes was a challenge, let alone working full time and writing a novel. The healing process would be a long, slow, drawn out affair.

Fast forward to late October 2011 and my brain was ready for action again, but I was finding it hard to get my writing mojo back. Reaching out to the Twitterverse I was reminded of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and all the wonderful, inspirational writers involved with this event. My motivation was restored and my brain waws active and overflowing with ideas.

A full time job, two children and a wife (and all the activities that go along with them), post concussion syndrome, and 50,000 words to write in 30 days. That's 1,667 word per day if anyone's keeping track (and the NaNoWriMo website is). No problem(?)

Well, day 1 is in the books and I'm pleased to say that I worked (almost) a full day, got the kids fed, to and from gymnastics and into bed, and I've managed to write over 2000 words. Not a bad start. Not bad at all.

Oh yeah, I'm also growing a moustache in support of Movember. This should not detract from my writing efforts and just happened to roll into a nice blog title :) You can donate to the Movember cause here.