Thursday, October 27, 2011

If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going (And Do NaNoWriMo While You're At It)

by Gigi Pandian

The first half of this post's title is a quote from Winston Churchill. I get sent a lot of quotes these days, what with the whole cancer thing and all. That quote is one of my favorites. If you're going through hell, keep going.

I'm not especially going through hell (truly, modern medicine is fantastic) but it's a great reminder than when you face challenges, it's ridiculous to stop and give in to them.

It's true you can hear me for miles around as I whine about how I can't drink coffee for another six weeks. But aside from my coffee deprivation whining, I think I'm doing a good job not only keeping on going, but stepping up the pace.

Now that I've done the grunt work to make Gargoyle Girl Productions official, it's time for an ambitious November: Turning a messy, overly complex YA novel into a brand new trilogy of novellas that each takes one of the original overlapping story lines.

Yup, I'm signing up for not only the National Novel Writing Month promise of 50,000 words, but I'm aiming for a total of 75,000 words this November. Three 25,000 YA mystery novellas.

Can I do it? Definitely. I never set out to do anything if I think I'm going to fail.

Am I crazy? Probably.

So why am I doing 50% more than the already arduous NaNoWriMo goal? I'll be done with chemo by the end of November. What better way to make the month fly by than throwing myself into a big project of literary abandon?

NaNoWriMo begins next Tuesday. Who's with me?

12 comments:

Brett Battles said...

I'm shooting for 75k, too!

Rachael Herron said...

You are AWESOME.

Sophie Littlefield said...

i love your energy. i know you can do whatever you put your mind to, and more splendidly than people who are facing far fewer challenges.

Nancy Adams said...

Go, Gigi! I can't wait to read the results.

Barbara said...

I'm in! I need to untangle year before last's messy NaNoWriMo manuscript. Love the hair.

Shannon McKemie said...

You're amazing, I'm going for my second year but hoping to finish this time. :) I look forward to reading all your work:)

L.G.C. Smith said...

Yowzer! Yay for you!

Gigi Pandian said...

Brett -- Glad to see someone else crazy like me!

Rachael and Sophie -- Why do I get the feeling you two do 75K on a regular month? ;)

Nancy and LGC -- Are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year?

Barbara and Shannon -- Glad you're in!

L.G.C. Smith said...

Mmm. Maybe. I've got a Celtic paranormal historical series I started several years ago that I'm hankering to work on. However, I also need to get the two historical novels and the second novella that I'm going to self-publish edited, up and out. So to speak. And I think that's probably the better use of my time right now. But I plan to work feverishly in the spirit of NaNo. :)

Lisa Hughey said...

Gigi-
As always you are an inspiration :) Can't wait to read the YA's :)

I'm sort of in. My parents have decided to visit for a week in November so I'm planning on hitting it hard the first three weeks before they get here. I'd still like to get my 50K in again.
xo

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