Since NaNo is just around the corner, I’d love to hear from others gearing up for the sweet torture ahead. The bottomless cups of coffee, the all night write-a-thons, the low word count blues, and then, finally, the euphoria of watching our progress meter cross the 50k mark.
If you’re asking what the heck I’m talking about, let me briefly explain. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November with people from around the globe hell-bent on penning a 50,000 word novel. The rules, you ask? There’s really only one:
Write 50,000 words or more of a new novel before midnight on November 30th, and while planning, character sketching, and outlining are encouraged, you MUST NOT type even the first word before 12:00 am on November 1st.
Simple as that.
I’ve got over half of my outline done and am up to my eyeballs in research at the minute. It would be nice if that was the result of my being uber-organized and thinking ahead, but to tell the truth, I originally had hopes of finishing this novel up about now. Obviously, I fell way behind and totally underestimated the hours of research involved in a storyline that overlaps three different historic time periods. The sequel I was going to do this November is gonna have to wait until spring, but I might have enough time to squeeze in some revisions on a long-neglected 1st draft that’s been begging for attention. The change of plans is really a stress reliever. I can use the next 5-1/2 weeks to finish my NaNo brainstorming. The more prep work I do now, the less chance of getting writer’s block I’ll have in November.
Care to share your NaNo 2010 hopes and dreams?