So, maybe I’m delusional, but I’m thinking of attempting NaNoWriMo again this year…
The object of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) is to write a 50,000-word novel (or at least the start of one) during the month of November. The last time I participated in NaNo was November 2012. I got off to a strong start, but I lost momentum at the 10,000-word mark. Before I could get my act in gear, I received an R & R (revise and resubmit) on the novel I was currently querying, so I turned all my attention to that task.
No big deal. There’s no fee to enter NaNo, and there’s no real prize for winning, other than a feeling of accomplishment and a lot of words written in a short time.
But I’d still like to “win” NaNo, just once, and I feel like the odds might be in my favor. Why?
- I downloaded the free trial of Scrivener. Although I’m still learning my way around the program, it has a lot of potential for pre-planning. I can create character and setting sheets, pin images, and create links to websites for research. Which is OK, because pre-planning is encouraged in NaNo.
- I need a new project. I’ve tinkered around with a bunch of different ideas for YA contemporary novels, but I haven’t been able to commit to just one. I need to focus, and NaNo will give me the incentive to do it.
- For the first time ever, I have my own laptop. I don’t have to share it with my kids (no Sims games, no Minecraft), and I can take it everywhere I go, including my in-laws’ house for Thanksgiving weekend. Even though we have a lot of family time then, I should be able to sneak away for some writing sprints while everyone else is watching football.
I’ve already made some writing buddies on the NaNo site (I’m there as casacullen) and I’m hoping this will help me with accountability. If nothing else, I want to get fired up and share in the collective enthusiasm of thousands of other writers, all trying to reach their 50,000-word goals by November 30.
What about you? Are you doing NaNo this year?