This is what happened when a couple of months ago I came across National Novel Writing Month. It was still warm outside. The beach still beckoned me. Summertime was still working its magic, giving me that sense that I could do anything I wanted to in the world.
Fast forward to the present. It's Halloween. November starts tomorrow. NaNoWriMo kicks off at midnight and one second. And I'm thinking to myself, "what have I done?"
Oh well. I'm officially signed up so I'm getting these motivational messages on my email that guarantee a month-long guilt trip if I don't follow through on this.
The idea is to produce a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel between November 1-30. Anne Lamott tells us in Bird by Bird, you have to write a lot of "shitty first drafts" before you can find the gem of your story. Participating in NaNoWriMo lets participants start from scratch with an idea and just write, write, write. Get it all down. Revise it later.
Of course, I've done the math and figured out that I have to write about 1,700 words a day, which translates to about seven word document pages, double-spaced, every 24 hours. I'm still debating between a middle grade chapter book I've wanted to write and a holiday gem that's been swimming in my head for five years now. It's inspiration was the Santa at the mall. I figured he should be back on the job this week and if I need more inspiration I can stalk him while munching on Dippin' Dots.
In any case, these are the kinds of crazy things writers do to write. I'll keep an update here on this blog as well. Should you NOT read a report feel free to post a comment to this blog and give me a quick kick of encouragement. Certainly ANY support would be most welcome.
I need to head out to the school Halloween parties and flex my finger muscles to get ready. It's going to be a fast month.