Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon (part trois)
NaNoWriMo is upon us!
I’ve never been more excited about the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) kicking off today. This is the third time that I’ve managed to fool myself into partaking in this challenge. I love a good challenge and in my book there is no greater challenge than trying to write an entire novel (about 50,000 words) in thirty days. Minor detail- I never managed to actually do it.
My first year I came across the NaNoWriMo website by accident. My creative juices were flowing and I was seriously pumped…pumped all the way to mid-October that is. Come November I was swamped with work and my will to write (and perhaps to live) vanished into thin air.
I might have retrograde amnesia from time to time, but I refused to make the same mistakes the next year. In my mind I was no longer that wide eyed kid, but a seasoned Wrimo veteran. I mapped the entire month- 1,667 words a day during the week and 2000 words a day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. I told everyone I would be unavailable that entire month and I had my novel outlined by November 1st. I even googled a couple of tips and tricks to keep me motivated during the challenge. I celebrated hitting the 10K mark like a boss. What happened next I’m not sure…(here is where the retrograde amnesia comes in handy).
Anyhoo, third time’s the charm. This year I’m gonna kill it. I have no crazy, demanding job. I’m my own boss and my time-management skills are second to none. I have a couple of great characters who want something and I’ll make sure not to give it to them until the 40k mark.
Yes, I’m excited…if only I could tear myself away from my blogs and Facebook to get some actual writing done….