Well, D-day has arrived: November 1st, the start of #NaNoWriMo 2014! For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, tens of thousands of authors around the world attack their laptops or notebooks with the goal of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days (1,667 words a day). Hell, you could hit that in under three hours a day, and that’s writing just ten words a minute! No big deal, right? Ha!
I’ve heard the horror stories. Sure, those first days and even first weeks are filled with excitement and motivation and loads of caffeine-driven creativity powering you through scene after scene, twist after twist, deep into the wee morning hours. But it’s the last half of the month when your muse says screw this and heads out for parts unknown. When your coffee maker fizzles out and all that’s left in your cupboard is instant decaf. When your hard drive decides to crash. When you start thinking four days without a shower really isn’t that big a deal (imagine how Woodstock smelled), and do you really need to change your underwear every day? When your brain begins to melt out your ears, your fingertips are wrapped in Band-Aids, and your husband commandeers your laptop to peruse mail-order bride websites because his real wife has been lost to the madness that is writing fiction.
So far, so good: I’m twelve hours in, and my coffee maker still works, I’m wearing clean underwear, and the ideas are flowing better than they have in a long time. By the end of the month I hope to have made some major headway on Otherworld, which has been sitting stale for far too long. I’ll try to post here regularly throughout the month, but no guarantees….by Week 3 I may be in a padded room mumbling about run-on sentences and characters who refuse to cooperate and how someday those damned publishers will understand my creative genius. Happy writing!
***Check out the madness for yourself, if you dare! www.nanowrimo.org #NationalNovelWritingMonth #NaNoWriMo #30daysofcrazy