What? You say that’s NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER MONTH? Here’s where it’s different: I’ll be writing 50,000 words towards the completion of my next novel.
50,000 words. 250 pages. 1,667 words per day. Pure insanity.
Last year I was able to reach my goal without too much bloodshed. Tears, yes. But no blood. I have managed to make it another year without acting on my homicidal tendencies. Who knew?
November is National Novel Writing Month. Over 200,000 professional and amateur writers participate around the globe and less than 25% complete the task. I don’t know if you guys know this about me, but I’m a tad stubborn. I. Will. Complete. The. Task.
How do I plan to accomplish the task? Well, aside from donkey-like stubbornness, I’m also ANNOUNCING TO THE WORLD that I’m joining the insanity again.
Check that out. You = The World. Hey-oh!
My prep work includes frantically reading Larry Brooks’ book Story Engineering (Writers, buy it NOW) and his daily blog StoryFix in which he has kindly dedicated the month of October to helping all the NaNoWriMo-ers figure out how to plan their novel.
He might save me yet.
Also, I am capitalizing on my fine-tuned guilt complex by doing a little fundraising for The Office of Letters and Light, the nonprofit that runs NaNoWriMo, Young Writers programs, and all sorts of other inspiring, writerly endeavors. As you know, I’m all about GETTING THE KIDS TO WRITE. Just ask Roper, he already has to write his own thank you cards.
*Puts another $100 in the kid’s counseling fund*
If you’re feeling phenomenally altruistic and are interested in sponsoring my NaNoWriMo adventure, please visit my fundraising page. You see, if I don’t complete an event that people have donated money towards, the guilt will disintegrate me into a puddle of primordial ooze.
It’s in my best interest not to let that happen.
But I’m equally motivated by virtual high-fives or even a slight nod of acknowledgement in my direction. And wine. Wine is The Great Motivator. Now please excuse me, but I must get back to story planning. Where I am the puppeteer of everyone’s life and the world they live in. Bwahahahaaaaa!!
P.S. If you’re wondering what happened to the Young Adult manuscript I finished last year during NaNoWriMo, it FINALLY came out of hiding last month. It took ten solid months before I could bear to look at it again, but it’s now officially in the editing process. Which…um…has been put on hold for the next month.