Finally, finally, FINALLY (and too soon! I'm not ready!), it's that time of year again: November. The mother month of the wildest, most exhilarating, most terrifying plunge into creative madness the Gregorian calendar year has to offer: National Novel Writing Month.
For the next thirty days (and blessed leap-hour), I will be aiming to write like I haven't written all year - which isn't too hard to do, as I haven't really written that much at all this year. From my oh-so-nicely-made notes, which consist of a cathartic rant-page in a notebook and...absolutely nothing else (hopefully this afternoon/evening will change that, just in time), I will be finding the story that wants to be told this year and keystroke by keystroke, word by word, trying to bring it to life.
I won't say much now about the story that I plan to write. It's mostly an idea, a few characters, and a ridiculously over-developed subplot that will somehow work under the plot that I don't yet quite know. I am, for all my gusto about planning and thinking and my obsession with minutiae, something of a "pantser," as the NaNo community has started saying - whatever plans I make end up being thrown out of the window right quick.
But for all that I won't say or can't say, I will say this: if you, too, are doing NaNoWriMo, good luck and have fun! It's going to be a great ride! If you are considering it but don't think you have the time or good ideas -- abandon those reservations and sign up anyway! This is my TENTH YEAR doing this thing, and for all the fun I've had, I've never won. Not once. So don't let that stop you! It's a ride no matter how well you do on the noveling front! I promise!
And for anyone who may be interested, here's my NaNoWriMo profile
if you want to be writing buddies!