But, it's Nanowrimo time again. The time where countless people all foolishly agree to write a book in one month. Basically the challenge is to write 50,000 words in one month. That's about six pages per day, or 175 pages total. The idea is not just about 'finishing' a book in one month, but just forcing you as a writer to no longer question yourself. You don't have time. And really, the experience itself is fun.
I tried it last year, and didn't get very far. This year, I have an idea. It's fun. It might require me to do some hilarious research (more about this later). And I already have a few pages started. What little bit I did get done last year was interesting. I wrote a chapter until I couldn't think of any more and then, I would just make a decision. My characters did some interesting stuff that I wouldn't have ever thought of if not for the time constraint. You don't worry about editing or 'would she really do that?' Just write. And see where the character ends up. And, at the end of it all, if it sucks, well, I've only wasted a month now haven't I?
My struggle will be balancing writing at work and writing at home. I tend to use up all my creative juices at work and then come home tired, no longer wanting to stare at a computer screen. So, I have a plan.
I hate it. Brad loves it. When he's watching, I'll be writing. Sundays, Mondays, randomly recorded then watched on Wednesdays. If I see a pigskin, my fingers will be typing.
In the mornings I tend to get to work early. This is when I read blogs and occasionally write my own. But in November, I'll be writing. So if you don't 'see' me, you'll know why. And if you do, I probably need a kick in the pants.
I plan on writing some posts in October and scheduling them for November so my blog won't be empty. I'll also do periodic updates on the book.
So, this is the point when I try to play pied piper and convince you all to come along with me.
"It'll be fun!"
"Sleep is overrated!"
"All the cool kids have calluses from typing!"
"Taking on more than you can handle is practically the American dream! (Why do you hate America?)"
(And then I'd try some reverse psychology)
"You probably couldn't finish anyway."