Middle Cat, the Executive Producer of the hit series Big Cat, Little Cat, is excited to announce that 2 Rules of Writing is hosting a writing workshop for NaNoWriMo. The workshop will be this Sunday (Nov 6, 2022) at noon. Big Cat is probably going to show up an hour late because he always forgets to set his alarm clock back an hour. Send us an email if you want to participate. And if you don’t see this comic until after, never fear! We have another workshop next week. Likely on Saturday.
Participants are already confirmed from the US, Nigeria, and England.
Big Cat, Little Cat
This NaNoWriMo, Pace Yourself
Little Cat is trying to write a novel about a young feline who strives to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a cathouse (he thinks it means pet store… please nobody tell him). He’d love to be able to churn out a huge doorstop. Some of his favorite books are Anna Karenina, The Lord of the Rings, and so on. It’s hard not to look over your shoulder at the works of those who came before. But Tolkien had been a professor of English for decades before he completed The Lord of the Rings. And Tolstoy similarly did not just wake up one day and decide to write either of his massive works. Each one took several years to write and revise and so on.
So pick a number that’s manageable for you. If 60k words is too big a goal, try 50k. Or 40k. What if you arrive at the end of NaNoWriMo and you’ve written a story that’s about ten thousand words long? Or you’ve attended NaNoWriMo workshops like the one we’re hosting tomorrow, but you used the workshops to focus on other things, like writing poetry, or editing family photos, or crafting that Shouts and Murmurs article about how Mister Rogers was secretly evil? I’m not going to tell you how you should feel. But I will feel proud of you. Well… not about the Mister Rogers thing. He was that rare thing, a genuinely humane person, and you should be ashamed of yourself. There. I’ve told you how you should feel. Like pond-scum. Don’t come at Mister Rogers. Find another scratching post to scratch at. Can’t we have any nice things?
Three images, left two right, each depict an identical setting: two fine felines are sitting on a cushion, discussing whatever it occurs to them in the moment to discuss. On the left, a large orange with darker orange stripes takes up about half of each frame. He is looking down on his companion with a face that betokens warmth and friendship. On the right, a small grey with darker grey stripes takes up less than a quarter of the frame. He is looking out into the world with a face that betokens a vague sense of dissatisfaction.
Big Cat: How are you doing, Little Cat?
Little Cat: Actually pretty well! You know all that “manifesting positive energy” stuff? I’m giving it a try!
Big Cat: Very cool! Like what sorts of things?
Little Cat: Well, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. But also No-Nut November!
Big Cat: What’s that smell?
Little Cat: …Cigarettes.