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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

For those who are unaware, November is National Novel Writing Month…it’s one of the few holidays dedicated to writers and their art.  There’s even a site dedicated to the idea:  http://www.nanowrimo.org.

Here’s the idea:  Throughout the month of November, from scratch, create a new novel of at least 50,000 words.

Why a new novel?  Why not continue on one that you’ve already started?

According to the FAQs listed on the official NaNoWriMo site, the reason for this is to allow writers complete freedom–you’re not as tied up in the characters, and don’t have to get everything right the first time.  By focusing just on a word count goal of 50,000 words, you can free your mind to focus just on completing that goal.  You can always come back and rewrite sections later.

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of thirteen.  There is also a young writer’s version available at the site linked above.

Are you participating?

Yes!  However, my target is slightly different, due to some unfortunate conflicts–my aim is to take 20-30 minutes every night throughout the course of November and write as much as I can.  We’ll see what I’m able to come up with by the end of the month…I’m sure I’ll share at least a portion of my work in the forum.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me in trying to come up with a novel (or at least reasonably long story) by the end of November!

Good luck!

Also, please notice the new “Friends of WritAnon” link section at the right.  These links include a few blogs to other member’s sites, so I hope you enjoy reading some of their articles as well!

Oh, and as a reminder, for those in the US, please note that Daylight Savings Time is now in effect!  Make sure to remember to fall back!

Forgive the Spelling Mistake, Please!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to apologize for the spelling mistake in my previous letter, which led to our most unfortunate misunderstanding.

Just think, now that the incident is over, we can look back on this and laugh at how it came about.

The now famous letter, for your convenience, is attached here:

Dear Editor,

I went to meet the Prince when he came to visit our fair town.  While it was a pleasant and productive meeting, I was nonetheless surprised when, as we went to part, he shit in his hand and offered it to me.

He claimed this was a custom in his land, a way of sealing a deal.  I was, as I’m sure you’ll understand, disgusted by his action, and refused to take his hand.  The prince’s face grew red with anger at my refusal, and stormed out of the room…I was roughly escorted out of the room by his guards.

In short, I was both disappointed and disgusted in my meeting with the Prince.  I had expected more from an official from a foreign land.


Disgusted in St. Louis

I swear I’d read that letter several times before I sent it out.  A single character, using an ‘h’ instead of a ‘p’, caused all this trouble…riots, shouting matches, insults traded between our countries.

Who would have thought that such a simple typo would have led to an international incident?  Certainly not I.  However, you must admit that now I can add “Internationally recognized” to my list of accomplishments on my resume!

Before publishing my letter, you had written me back, asking for me to reread and verify all I’d written in my letter.  My assumption is you were concerned about printing something libelous.  I skimmed my letter again, but the events were the same (or so I’d thought).  I’d responded that everything was accurate and looked fine.

How could I have missed such an obvious error?

When I reread my letter, I’d read what I meant to say, not what I’d actually written.  I offer no further excuse.

However, I do offer a sincere apology to the Prince.  I’m still disgusted by his actions, but not nearly as much as my atrocious proofreading skills.  I do hope that he can find it in his heart to forgive me for such an egregious error.

I have only one further question for the Prince:  Can we shake hands and make up?


Embarrassed in Seattle

P.S.  Yes, I have moved in order to save myself further embarrassment, and have hired a team of three proofreaders to monitor everything I write before I send it out.

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