It’s November. Not a news flash, I know. But if you’re a writer, you might know this month better as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNo. If you don’t know, NaNo is all about writing a complete, 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
The first novel I ever completed was my first year doing NaNo. I’ll never forget the rush, the thrill of knowing I was writing alongside thousands of other writers all over the world. That alone was inspiration enough, but if my motivation ever flagged or I had questions, the forums were a fantastic place to go find it again or find answers. I didn’t finish that novel in November, but I finished it just a few weeks later. Since then, I’ve honestly forgotten how many times I’ve done–and “won”–NaNo, but I think it’s at least four (For the record, at least twice I wrote 100,000 words during NaNo. Yes, I’m a masochist. And clearly insane. I have papers.) I was even wearing my NaNo shirt when I met Laurell K. Hamilton, and she asked me about it because she’d never heard of it.
I haven’t done NaNo for the last…um, four years, I think. Because of school mainly. I can only juggle so much, and what amounts to two full-time jobs keeps me pretty busy. I haven’t even found time to write a single page in weeks, much less around 1,700 words a day. (There isn’t enough caffeine in the world to keep me awake for all that.) But in early October, when I remembered it was almost time for NaNo, I was tempted. Oh, so very tempted. Fortunately, common sense prevailed. I have a little. And, in the face of working 3 11-16-hour days a week, plus 2 8-or-so-hour days doing homework, and crazy busy weekends filled with half-marathon training…Yeah, common sense sucks, but it was right.
But I’d like to wish everyone doing NaNo lots of luck (and caffeine). If you are so fortunate, I’d really like to hear about how well it’s going.