First, I must start with an announcement. After much urging (because it feels weird to say this) – Mir has a facebook page. That’s right; complete with updates, pictures, questions, after-novel stories, and eventually neat giveaways and such. Go here to ‘like’ the page and stay updated! https://www.facebook.com/subjectmir
Also, I have adopted a Plot Bunny from the NaNo forums! Those of you not familiar with NaNo speak will not know what a plot bunny is, so I’ll tell you. A plot bunny is a constant writing companion. They have different looks, personalities, and names.
Let me introduce you to my plot bunny, Heather, given to me by nano-er hjstreet.
She is a black bunny with a red patch over her eye. She loves hot chocolate (see, I knew she was for me) and murder mysteries, as well as cheesy stories that make you emotional anyway. She’s feisty, has a soft spot for a good romance, and will say she hates the character she likes the most.
And it’s purely coincidence that her name is Heather – one of my best friends is named Heather, and we met during my second year of NaNo. It was meant to be.
I was asked by a friend (who also bought me a notebook so gorgeous I have to find something completely worthy to put in it) why I liked NaNo. Aside from the writing part, that is. Because really, during NaNo, you don’t mess with the NaNo-er. You leave them alone in their cage and watch as they gnaw on bones, type until their fingers are worn down, and turn into a single-entity frenzy. But really, it’s fun. I love writing on the fly, with no time to sit and think long and hard about what to do. It’s a race to follow your instincts, a challenge to actually do this thing.
The NaNo community is helpful, fun, and supportive. I’m even mentoring a couple newbies over the site this year! I feel like a veteran. I’m putting together my NaNo survival kit for this year – I can’t wait to see what goes in it! I keep all my NaNo goodies in a basket by the computer so I can reach for it as I need things.
I’m quite excited. And also, during NaNo, I’m doing this challenge – http://kingsbloomingrose.com/challenges.html
It will help keep me on track during NaNo. And even if you’re a guy (and aren’t a huge fan of pink roses and winning handmade cards) the idea is still a good one, methinks. So here’s to getting as much of your novel plotted before the whirlwind begins!