NaNoWriMo is almost here!
In exactly one week I will join more than 150,000 other writers all around the world in a 30-day mad dash to write a novel of no fewer than 50,000 words.
It’s called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short… although C thinks that sounds like what you might call a very small Rhinoceros), and this year I am really hoping to finish! You see, back in 2008 I started a novel on November 1st with the best of intentions… not only did I not finish the challenge; now I can’t even remember what I was writing about!
I think it goes without saying that I am hoping this time will be different.
I have been outlining like crazy, and doing all kinds of research so that when next Tuesday rolls around I am READY. To do… stuff. Like write. And not have a life. Laundry might take a backseat… and probably Facebook interactions and phone calls too. So if you want to reach me from November 1st through the 30th, well, maybe try email? Or voicemail. I promise to check my phone at least once a day. Here will be a good place to look, too, as I will be attempting to chronicle my sprint to a novel.
Now, you might be asking yourself: “Why put yourself out there like this if there is a (very real) possibility that you will fail?” (Out of the 167,150 people who participated in NaNoWriMo in 2009, only 32,178 actually met the goal)
And I would say to you: “Because I want to be accountable.” Even if I don’t reach my 50,000 words in 30 days, I want people to know that I mean business. I’m not the type to say, “Gosh, I’d love to write a novel someday.” I think we all know those people, and someday tends to roll around pretty quickly.
Nope! I’m going to make a heck of an effort to get this thing written– my hunk of rock that I will then be able to polish because at least there will be SOMETHING to work with.
So wish me luck! And get ready for 30 days and 30 nights of literary abandon.