The Dare

Remember when we were all kids and our friends (and enemies) dared us to do gross, mean, or dangerous things? We could easily escape a dare or weasel our way out of a double-dare, but only the cowards refused the triple-dog-dare. I see most challenges as a grown-up versions of the dare. I was the kid who usually took the dare before it got to the point of triple-dog. It was never out of fear or wanting respect, but rather the opposite. I did it out of spite. In my mind, the dare was used as a tool to induce anxiety, fear, and humiliation. So, I did the only thing that I knew would prevent further harassment–I took the dare right away, without pause or any sign of anxiety, fear, or humiliation. Keep in mind though, that this was in the early to mid eighties–a more naive era for kids(in general anyway).

A few years ago, my friend shared a link to the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website and dared all of us English majors to join her in writing a novel in the month of November. I really wanted to join her, but I was juggling kids, a deployment (the Mister, not me), 18 college credits (6 courses), and a home remodel. Life went on, and I forgot about the challenge–until a few months ago (8 to be exact) when I saw an article about it on my FB news feed. The NaNoWriMo logo glared at me as if jumping straight into the triple-dog dare. I did what I always do when faced with a challenge dare, I signed up!

Over the course of the next few days I will tell you a little bit about me and my past writing experiences. On October 1st, I will begin posting updates about the prep for the novel. I plan on posting several times a day to keep me on track with my writing, but be warned–this is not a masterpiece, there will be typos and grammar mistakes, and the story may be absolute crap. However, this phase is meant to be fearless, honest, and basically a vomit of words that can be trimmed, edited, rewritten, and transformed into something that might be worth reading.

I’m very excited to share this challenging dare with all of you and hope that you will find the process helpful in your own writing. Or perhaps you are ready to join? Check out NaNoWriMo today!

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