NaNoWriMo Rama-Dama-Ding-Dang

All the folk out there who know what NaNoWriMo is are either full-on, flat-out participating … or not. For all the folk out there who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s this.

Just about everyone I know and her cat, (and a lot of folk I’ll never know or meet) are either participating, or blogging about it. Pro’s and con’s abound. (a Google search comes up with almost 6 million hits) My opinion, and then I’ll move on. In three words, ‘It has value.’

Moving right along …

“Never Tell Me the Odds”

 Odds of winning.

You hear it all the time … the odds of winning? “A million to one” “Impossible” “Too high”, or just numbers, “10,973,172,369.74 to 1”, which is a number that only a computer or a mathematical savant could comprehend.

You buy a lottery ticket and know your chances of winning are miniscule … or are they?

Consider the moon. When a full moon appears just above the horizon it’s so big it looks as though it’s about to crash into the earth. A few hours later, now high in the sky, its shrunk to half its size … or has it?

What these two scenarios have in common is Perception.

One is visual; we know that the moon doesn’t change, but we choose to believe what our eyes tell us. (it makes for much better story-telling that way)

The other is societal; we’re told (by folk who don’t believe in magic) that we probably won’t win that lottery, but still believe we might.

Really, it’s all about how we choose to perceive something, that influences how we respond to it. Those choices are influenced by our environment (the un-believers of magic), but ultimately it boils down to what we choose to believe in, in this singular moment of Time.

The lottery ticket, finishing that novel and getting it published, whatever we decide … The truth of it is, it’s a 50-50, even money, bet.

We either will … or we wont.

Note to self: Check that lottery ticket that’s been sitting in my wallet for a couple of months. I’ve either won … or I haven’t.


“ Part of it went on gambling, and part of it went on women. The rest I spent foolishly”George Raft

8 comments on “NaNoWriMo Rama-Dama-Ding-Dang

  1. The odds of me ever writing a novel in a month is 0/0. Right now, I’m counting on my odds of finishing my current work as 100/100. I’m totally screwed otherwise, which I won’t be.

    Got your paperback the other day. Its trek began in Nashville, then went to Louisville, KY, and on to Mather, CA, West Sacramento, South San Francisco, Salinas, and finally to Hollister. It’s #4 on my pile of books to read.


    • Widdershins says:

      100/100 are perfect odds …

      So glad the book arrived at last … there was a news item a few weeks ago where a woman bought a snazzy cover for her ipad, or something like that, via amazon I think it was. It started out at the manufacturer in China, was shipped to the Philippines, I have a sneaky suspicion it also paid a visit to Europe, then to 2 wharehouses in the US, and finally arrived on her doorstep. The most amazing thing was that it arrived intact!


  2. Isn’t one of the main values of NaNoWriMo the power of a deadline? There’s nothing like a due date to focus the mind. Whether or not the novel ‘wins’, it has been completed – or more fully realized, if not finished – and it would not have been if the author had not committed to the rigors of focused writing to a deadline.

    And by the way, I worked for a lottery at one time…if you want to win, play the instant ticket games. The odds of winning are the best. Of course, the prizes are smaller, and the odds of winning something that is just your money back are the highest of all. It all depends on whether what you want is to feel like a winner (so any prize value is good) vs. winning ‘the big one’ (and the odds of that are indeed small). The same goes for your NaNoWriMo novel.


    • Widdershins says:

      That’s certainly one of the objectives … I reckon another one is the B.I.C. factor … Butt In Chair … building the habit of sitting down (almost – life happens) every day for a month and writing (I think it works out to be about 1600 words per day) … no questions, no procrastinations, no prisoners.

      Like anything in life, if you don’t play, you don’t win.


  3. jannatwrites says:

    I’m sure there is value of NaNoWriMo, but I don’t need the added pressure! I’m afraid I’d be just as successful trying to run a marathon (I’m not a runner.)

    Winning the lottery would be nice, and I do play once in a while, but never more than a few dollars!


  4. clarbojahn says:

    On Nov one I decided I wasn’t ready for NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done the preliminary preparations that I had told myself I would do. I also made up my mind to the picture book equivalent of it, which is called PiBoIdMo. Or picture book idea month. One must write down a pb idea every day in the month of November.

    I’ve gotten quite a few ideas so far and fleshed out a couple as well. And to me it’s fun whereas my goals for nanowrimo weren’t going to give me this much fun. Fulfilling fun, yes. But not joyful fun. So I’m ahead I think.


    • Widdershins says:

      Well said … we’ve each gotta go with what works for us … and if we can have fulfilling fun and joyful fun, we’re way ahead of the game right there!


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