Thoughts as NaNoWriMo
approaches

I’ve had a story bouncing off my brain-walls for a few years now. Well, several stories, but this is the one that is tugging determinedly at my sleeve and badgering me to get it written already. With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, it seems the perfect time to do that.

For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, the term is short for National Novel Writing Month, which has happened every year since 1999. Common-sense-challenged writers all over the world commit to writing 50,000 words (for all practical purposes a novel, although most are longer than that) during those 30 days. If you can manage to turn off the inner editor that keeps saying you are only capable of writing doodoo, you may just be able to get that story out of your head and into some tangible form during that four weeks.

I’ve known about NaNo for about six years now and each year have felt the strong urge to participate, but this is the first year I’ve actually signed up. I’m nervous, excited, and impatient for it to begin. You are not allowed to start writing until 12:01 a.m. on November 1; however, you can do character sketches and outline your plot. So that’s what I’ve been doing. You can read a little bit about the storyline here. I’m so anxious to tell the story of these people!

Of course, there will be lots of work to do once November is over; for one thing, 50,000 words is generally not considered a full novel, so I’ll be aiming for something in the 80,000-90,000 range. Therefore, I’ll still be writing once November is a fond memory. And then rewriting parts that don’t work and refining those that do.

Right now, though, I’m anxiously awaiting the starting gun in just over 48 hours, knowing it’s going to be a challenge and that at some point during the month, maybe several points, I’ll be muttering incoherently about how stupid it was to undertake such a project. :)

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