The NaNo Curse

The NaNo Curse. It hits our heroine every year, dear Reader, usually early on in the process.

It’s usually been my health. I get sick, one year hospitalized. Last year I was ill early on, but Sterling (known at Twitter as @JSterlingS, I recommend a follow there) coached me through it. I kept writing a little a day and when I came out the other side, I put on the fuel.

Until the computer went TU later in the month. Yes, the NaNo Curse was persistent last year. The computer was new so I took it to the Geek Squad and said, “this is under warranty, fix the networking issue.” The guy wanted to ship it out! At least a week’s turnaround! I told him I was writing a novel, was in the middle of it, it was out of the question. He took pity on me and hooked it up. He fiddled with this, that and the other and fixed it. He still has no idea how.

I have spent the last week working on prep for NaNo. I think I faked the Curse out because it has already hit. I have what I’m hoping is just a really, really bad cold and not the flu (missed my shot this year). I’m upright now, obviously, which is an excellent sign. First time in about 24 hours.

I will emerge victorious. I will write for NaNo, Curse be damned

Say it yourself: No matter what hits, you will write for NaNo. Fight through the adversities and WRITE. Even if it’s just a little bit, a paltry 100 words, WRITE IT. You can and will make up for it later. Remember that the spirit of NaNo is to get past the inner editor and just write, just let it flow. If you can do that, regardless of if you hit the 50k because of trials in your life, then you have won NaNoWriMo.


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6 thoughts on “The NaNo Curse

  1. teamjalice1863 October 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Jess, that is an amazing blog. I am hoping as a new Nano participant, I will not suffer any of that.


    • Jessica Rosen October 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm Reply

      Don’t worry, I’ve never heard of anyone else having a NaNo Curse. You’ll be great! Just strong and steady, do what you can when you can. If you lag, know that you’ll put on the fuel later. If you want a cheering section, there are no better ones than #amwriting and #NaNo on Twitter. See you at midnight, ready to write!

      Take care,
      Jessica Rosen


  2. Andy Shackcloth October 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Missing you. May the main part of the curse miss you too.

    Wishing you health, wealth and scribbling time.

    Fingers crossed



    • Jessica Rosen November 1, 2009 at 7:58 am Reply

      Thanks so much, Andy. It’s fighting back, but I’m stronger and will prevail! Got over 2k in 2 hours after midnight, so I’m treating myself to some colds goodies and sleep now. More later today, which is still our first day here in the States. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

      Take care,
      Jessica Rosen


  3. Clare Sager November 1, 2009 at 12:25 am Reply

    Best of luck – I’ve got my fingers crossed for both of us to get NaNo-ing! Thanks for another great post.


    • Jessica Rosen November 1, 2009 at 8:00 am Reply

      You bet, Clare. Let’s dive in with keyboards blazing! It’s a writing party, NaNo is, and party we shall. Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

      Take care,
      Jessica Rosen


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