So it’s NaNoWriMo once again (side note: where the hell did October go!?). For all of those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is
a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
I dabbled in NaNoWriMo last year but I had already started writing and had stumbled upon it too late so I wasn’t super invested, but I loved the sense of community around it and vowed to commit for next year. And I am! Well, sort of.
I am planning to hit the 50,000 but I am planning on spreading it over 2 different novels. I am about 30,000 and 25,000 words in two novels I want to finish. One is the third in my first series and the other is a stand-a-lone. I would love to get these both off my “to do” list and move on to another project. I have about three other books, all at varying stages of being done, so I don’t want to start anything new until I can get some other ones checked off my list.
It’s so hard to reign myself in, so I am forcing myself to just keep jotting ideas now and not starting them. I recently switched over to using Scrivener, and the format and ease of use has made it super addicting to switch over into the “corkboard” mode and plan out a whole story. It’s a bit of an addiction that I need to reign in.
Something else I am thinking of trying this year is actually doing some in-person events. There are a couple super active NaNoWriMo groups in my area and I am kind of interested in checking a few of them out. I mean, most of them involve camping out at a Panera for a few hours, which I do anyway. And since I am definitely not what you would call a social person, this sounds like my perfect level of social interaction: everyone focused on their own laptops with brief periods of polite, social discourse. I can’t really picture this crowd as too rowdy, but hell, who knows.
Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are your writing goals?