>>Five years ago yesterday, women, writers, romantics, the world lost Nora Ephron. I think about Nora often, obviously I never knew the actual woman, but I know her work and I know it well. I have read and reread her written works, and watched her films more times than I care to admit aloud, but my love runs deep. I have been especially thinking about her as a writer. About her process. About her craft. Especially since in three days I will start writing a lot more than I ever have ...
This Saturday, July 1st, starts Camp NaNoWriMo, and it will be my first Camp experience, and my second time participating in a NaNoWriMo event. For those of you who are thinking "What is she even talking about!?", NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is the month of November. Camp NaNoWriMo is a less-formal "writers retreat"-style virtual getaway to concentrate on your writing. They have prompts, inspiration, forums, ETC. During this month, your target goal is to hit 50,000 words in your writing project!
I haven't spoken publicly much about my writing, but with turning 31 this year, I wanted to make it a priority. I don't know what it is about thirty-one, but it has been a bit daunting, and don't get me wrong; I don't think I'm elderly or falling a part, it just hit me harder than 30 did, and that took me by surprise. So I signed up for my first-ever 5K, and signed up to write a novel in a month - BECAUSE: WHY NOT?! We aren't getting any younger, amirght? I have lived so much of my life in fear of so many things, because I couldn't get past the 'What-Ifs'. The 'What-Ifs' is a downright sickness, y'all.
So, back to Nora. Tonight I started my "Binder" for NaNo, and started putting my journals of chicken-scratched ideas onto actual Character, Narrator, Plot ... pages and into a notebook. It felt like a really huge moment for me, as I am a self-professed unorganized, fly by the seat of my pants, scatterbrained person. As I was conducting Character Charts and thinking of the Inspiration Blankets I want enveloping my being during this process, I remembered an HBO Documentary from 2015 that Nora's son Jacob Bernstein wrote and directed titled Everything is Copy: Nora Ephron Scripted & Unscripted. Which inspired this post.
But as it is late, and I haven't had a Dr. Pepper in 48 hours, my head is a little fuzzy. I am going to go and finish this wonderful Documentary and hopefully not dream of plot twists that I cannot remember in the morning: Those are the absolute WORST!