My Wildest Attempt In 2013 Yet.


Sooo....I might be crazy.

Yesterday, I signed up for NaNoWriMo.

Never heard of it? National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo. This is an insane contest that challenges aspiring writers to complete a 50,000+ word novel between November 1 and November 30.

Yep.

I heard about it several years ago and have secretly longed to participate every November since. Each October, I consider it. I imagine myself sitting with my laptop, engulfed in the smoke rising from the keyboard as I pound away, fighting to hit my word count. That image always terrified me. I backed out every time.

I'm realizing I've come out a lot this year. The Month of No Fear and its repercussions and all that. I felt a new boldness yesterday when I read an article about NaNoWriMo online and remembered my goal. I suddenly knew I was gonna do it this time.

This is something that's actually on my bucket list. It actually says:

#67- Participate in NaNoWriMo
#68- Win NaNoWriMo

Let me clarify: to "win" NaNoWriMo, you don't technically win. There's not one winner. "Winning" is simply meeting the goal of writing 50,000 words. So, expecting myself to fail from the start, I wrote two separate NaNoWriMo goals for myself years ago. #68- to complete it. #67- to just TRY.

That's where I am this year. Trying. My hopes for my novel are far from high, but for the first November ever, I have the confidence to give it my best effort.


And oh yeah, it starts in 2 days.

Soooo. Not sure what my plan for this is yet, but I do have a flimsy wisp of an idea to work with. I have a cast of characters and a setting that have been in my mind for several years now; I just don't know what their story is, exactly.

Here's hoping I figure that out ASAP.

Have any of you ever attempted this before? Would you? Any suggestions, tips, or story ideas???

2 comments

Anna Marie Schaefer said...

Random suggestion: incorporate a murder in which the killer turns out to be a beloved character.

Jessica said...

I think you will be able to mark off both of them from your list. You have already jumped right into it! Just don't let the Doctor, saving Henry, or Thor distract you. Unless you need a little inspiration...in that case, I think a tiny bit of TV would be quite alright. :)