I thought it would be a great idea to publicly commit to taking part in National Novel Writing Month this year. Now I have the expectations of my readers – all one of you! – resting heavy on my shoulders.
Everytime I tell my mother that I am taking part in NaNoWriMo she asks me what it is. NaNo is basically a personal challenge – the goal is to write 50,000 words in one month, and there are forums and word trackers available on the site to help motivate you and remind you every time you look just how much progress you have made.
I will one day fill that little word counter bar with the bluey greatness of my creativity!
This will be the third year I am taking part in NaNo. I can’t really remember much about the first year I did it because I forgot I was planning on taking part almost immediately. Last year I had a well-meaning stab, but I had extended essays due and a College Ball to run – excuses, I know! I logged 2246 words nonetheless, which I know is shit but will claim as a valiant effort.
The outline is almost finished, the novel has been added to NaNo’s website, and I have been going to the library after work every day (yes, even before dinner) to prepare for the gruelling road ahead. I’m thinking 2,000 a weekday and 2,500 over the weekend. Yeah. YEAH!
The project I’m working on this year is the exact same one I attempted last year, and the time before that, but with some awesome additions and much better planning. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot (that’s inner circle info right there) but it’s something I’ve been enthusiastically adding to for many years, and am finally at the point where I feel I can write it. I know I said that last year too, but last-year-self was talking shite.
I’m going to pin my word count bar to the front page of this blog for all to see, and will try to update it frequently as I go. I would say I am going to create weekly update posts, but I’m way too flakey and busy for that, and instead maywrite one large self-evaluation at the end of the month.
If anyone else out there is NaNo-ing, leave a comment! Hell, you can even make me your writing buddy. I promise to be totally non-threatening. Progress-wise, anyway.