National Novel Writing Month 2015 Edition

Nanowrimo 2015 participant

It’s mid October. Have you decided if you are going to participate in the annual event known as Nanowrimo?

I’ve been participating in this event since 2006 (though I skipped it last year) and was asked to take part again by a friend that has decided to take the time and bang out a draft. I’m thrilled that she is going to participate in the wild ride that is Nanowrimo. And I will gladly sit in the cheering section and spur her on.

I changed my username to align more with who I am and you can now find me on under the name Charlie Baltimore if you want to add me to your writing buddy list.

At this stage, I don’t have a clue what I am going to be writing. I fully expect something to spark my imagination within the next week or so. Deadlines have that effect on me.  I’m not terribly worried about pre-plotting or outlining. This will be a “pants” draft. As in “By the seat of my pants.”

While I haven’t given much thought to what I am going to be writing, I have been giving a lot of thought to how I am going to write. This year I am going to go “Old School” and not write a word of it on the computer. Sure that will make keeping track of my word count a bit harder but I think it will be fun to get back to how I started writing in the first place – in a notebook.

I will admit that I have an ulterior motive for writing this way. It will let me get back to writing consistently with fountain pens (of which I have many)  and all the pretty inks I’ve collected over the last year. My handwriting is actually quite atrocious. It’s a blend of cursive and print that changes every single time I write. Maybe it’s because I am left-handed; perhaps I always struggled to have legible handwriting. I could also just be a poor student. (Did you notice the banner at the top of the post? The nano organizers made one specifically for us lefties!) I could muse upon the reasons my handwriting is horrid for hours if I really wanted to, but in the end I’m not going to let it stop me from using some beautiful ink pens and inks. By the end of November my hand maybe rather colorful. I might even take pictures.

As for notebooks I just ordered two sets plus a one off if needed. Two Clairefontaine 1951 notebooks in black and another two in Raspberry. The one off is a Rhodia notebook. These are by far my favorite brands for paper that is suitable for fountain pens from the few that I have tried so far.  (If you have any suggestions I’d be more than happy to hear from you!)

I will have the paper, pen, and ink all ready for November 1st. How will you be writing your draft?

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