It’s that time of year again. The time when thousands of people around the country begin scribbling incomprehensible notes on napkins and praying that the plot bunnies will be kind in preparation for NaNoWriMo (known to people who like to say full, recognizable words as National Novel Writing Month). That’s right! The annual 30-day race to record 50,000 words that may or may not be a coherent story and may or may not incorporate ninjas or blue-skinnned joblawoks or any number of other entities that may or may not be real begins in 14 days. If you need more information, feel free to leave a comment – or just click the link above and hit up the FAQ section, which should take care of all your initial curiosity.
And, of course, I’ve signed up as a participant despite the fact that I’m already working on a novel and I don’t really have time to take on more projects at this point. This will be my third year as a participant, and although I missed the goal in 2005 (in my defense, I also started 3 part-time jobs that November) I proudly stomped the 50k monster in 27 days last year. You can find my profile here, which will only be helpful in two weeks, when it starts reporting my progress (assuming I update it, of course). If you’re going to join in the fun, feel free to add me as a writing buddy. I like buddies.
The jury’s still out about whether I’ll use NaNo to catch up (and finish) my current manuscript, whether I’ll use it as a chance to explore some other aspects of the world in which I’m writing to better inform the current project, or whether I’ll take the opportunity to give my brain a break and work on something completely different for a while. If the third, I would commit to turning out a certain amount of my “regular” novel in addition to the 50k on a new project.
And of course, I must note that if I AM going to start a new project, I have no blessed idea what in the world that project will look like.
So feel free to throw out suggestions, either in terms of which of my three options I should pursue or ideas for that hypothetical new novel or, you know, what I should make for dinner tonight. Any and all thoughts accepted, on any subject.
Have a good one!