Let’s be honest: No one is going to read this.
Because everyone is busy working on their novel this month! Who has time to read a blog post — even if it’s about writing — when they have 30,000 words remaining in their 50,000-word manuscript, no to mention a 30-lb. Thanksgiving turkey already thawing in the sink?
Plus, in just a few weeks, many NaNoWriMo participants will be following up their day of giving “thanks” by attacking fellow shoppers on Black Friday for the last pair of “Walking Dead” slippers! What if their fingers get broken during a tussle at Target? Or they get walloped at Walmart? Mauled at Macy’s? Shanked at Sears? Body slammed at Bloomingdales?
You get the idea.
Even though it’s less than a week into NaNoWriMo, a lot of writers are feeling the pressure to finish their manuscripts before Nov. 24 because anything can happen once Thanksgiving Day arrives. No one wants to take the chance of being within 500 words of finishing their manuscript, only to have it consumed in a sudden turkey flashover fire thanks to the combustable nature of aunt Renee’s new whiskey stuffing recipe.
And even supposing a writer and their manuscript make it through the holiday unscathed, there’s still Black Friday to get through. Will they make it back safely? Will they make it back without emotional scarring? Will they make it back at ALL? If not, will their family be taken care of?
Or more importantly, will there be a ghost writer available to finish their manuscript in before Nov. 30?!?!
Even for writers who have no plan to venture out from their bunker during
the zombie apocalypse The Purge Black Friday shopping, there’s still the effects of turkey tryptophan to deal with. Those reserves will be coursing through their veins and can cause drowsiness for as many as three days. And that’s even if they aren’t watching bowling on TV!
“But we’re having Tofurky, so I won’t have to worry about getting sleepy.”
That may be true. And for which I am very sorry. But keep in mind you can only spend so much time writing while on the commode.
So what does all of this mean?
It means, before they know it, NaNoWriMo writers will soon be approaching the halfway point of their writing marathon. That’s when their literary legs will feel like they have small children attached. And who knows? That may actually be true in some cases, especially if you write from home between laundry loads. Whatever the case, on behalf of those of us who AREN’T participating in NaNoWriMo (It’s official; we took a vote), we’d just like to offer our support and cheer you on!
Especially those who might have to stop and, right in the middle of it all, move to Canada next Wednesday.
However, the fact that you’ve embarked on this literary journey is proof that no amount of tryptophan or even an exploding turkey (possibly as early as Nov. 8) is going to keep you from clearing the final hurdle before midnight on Nov. 30.
So be proud! Pat yourself on the back! Reflect on your achievement so far!
HEY! Not NOW! There’s no time!
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