And That Was Something New Too

I recently came across some old writings from the November 2010 NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) in which you have the 30 days of November to write a 50,000 word novel.  The point of doing it, is to push past the internal critic/editor and to get into the creative flow of writing.  You just type.  You don’t edit, think, backspace . . . you just type.

Sometimes you still hit roadblocks (I mean how many times can you type, “I don’t know what to flipping write next” in your novel before you start feeling like a failure?), and so there are suggested exercises to get past this.  One is with a group, and a timer is set (i.e. 15 minutes).  You just type anything, ANYTHING until the timer goes off.  The one with the most words typed, wins.

So I found at the bottom of my 2010 NaNoWriMo document a bunch of these “word war” blocks of text and read one of them.  I hadn’t even looked at it since I had typed it during the word war 3 years ago (WW3?), so I was reading it as if someone else had wrote it . . . and I really liked it (she said unbiased-ishly).  And it being in my nature to share (of the knowledge variety . . . stay away from my toys), I decided to post it for you guys.  Hope you enjoy it.  : )

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who didn’t know her name and she didn’t know that she didn’t know her name. She tried to go to school one day and that was when she learned she didn’t know her name and so that was when she tried to think of why it was important to have a name and why she needed one in the first place and why did everyone have one but she didn’t have one and why didn’t she have one and everyone else had one and that was the day she went home and tried to maybe think of a name for herself and she wasn’t sure if that was how it worked but that didn’t seem to matter and so she thought and thought and she went upstairs and thought and went downstairs and thought and she went and pet her cat and thought and that was when she discovered that she didn’t ever name her cat and so she was thinking whether it was more important to name her cat or to name herself first after all they just called her girl all day and that was ok for her and they didn’t get her mixed up with anyone else since they already had names and then she realized that since there was only one cat in the house that it wouldn’t matter if she named the cat either and that was why she forgot to think of a name at all because it really wasn’t important to think of a name right away it wasn’t an emergency and that was what made her remember to do things or a at least what order to do things in.

So she went to school the next day and they asked if she had a name yet and she said no and they said why not and she said because that she didn’t need one right away and they asked why her mom didn’t give her a name and she asked them what a mom was and that was the day she realized that she didn’t have a mom and so she went home and thought about why she didn’t have a  mom and why she didn’t know she didn’t have a mom and how everyone else had a mom but she didn’t and why did  she not have a mom and everyone else did and she didn’t know what mom did and so she had made it this far and so she could probably make it further without one now so she went to pet her cat again and that was how she forgot again about a mom and she went to school the next day and they asked her why she didn’t have a mom still and it was because she said she didn’t know and that was left alone for then because I guess in this world it isn’t illegal to not have a mom.

So then they asked about if she had a pet and she said what kind do you mean and they asked about a dog and she said no I don’t have a dog and so they said then what about a cat and she said that yes she did have a cat and that was a weird feeling to have a cat or to have something that they asked about that they know about and she knew about and so that was the first day that she got to find out what it felt like to have something that everyone else knew about and she thought maybe it was what it felt like to belong like other people did so she went home and she pet her cat and when she pet her cat it made her smile and that was the day she smiled for the first time and she didn’t know what it was because it hadn’t happened before so the first day that she went back to school she asked the teacher what it was and the teacher asked what what was and she smiled and pointed to the smile and said this what I’m doing what is that called and the teacher said that it was a tooth and she said no I’m not talking about my teeth but thanks for telling me but what am I doing with my mouth and the teacher said that you are smiling and did you not know what a smile was and she said that no she did not know what a smile was but she said that was all she needed to know and so she went home that day and she pet her cat and she smiled because she had a cat like everyone else and when she smiled she smiled even bigger because the teacher had known what this new thing was that she had done and that made her have a warm feeling in her stomach and that was something new too.

Smiling with Cat