November is coming. Break out the sweaters, Earl Grey, and writing caps because it’s NaNo season.
For those who don’t know, I’m not talking about nanotechnology (although nanotechnology is amazing). I’m referring to National Novel Writing Month, where thousands upon thousands of writers strive to write at least 50,000 words toward a rough draft of a novel between November 1st and November 30th. So if that writer friend of yours suddenly disappears next month, and has been for the past few years, now you know why.
I’ve participated in the past with various degrees of non-success and even though I’ve never hit the 50K mark, I’ve found it a valuable experience. I hit around 30K two years ago, which I was actually pretty proud of. I have no idea how I even hit 30K, but it happened and probably 29,732 words out of that 30K were absolute rabbit droppings. But it happened. Whoot whoot.
This year, the signs of the NaNo beast awakening have popped up here and there and it’s making me itch in uncomfortable places. In speaking with Moose, I’ve brought up the idea of a collaborative 50,000 word project and he seemed interested. However, I have no idea what we’d write about. I have no story, no characters, no philosophy making itself readily available to me so far. And there’s less than 2 weeks before NaNo kick-off.
Mulling, mulling, mulling.
Perhaps I’ll be procrastinating enough that time and stress will place the answer will in my dreams (or nightmares).
Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? Are you going to be doing so this year? If so, what will you be writing about?