Last year, for the first time ever, I attempted to participate in NaNoWriMo.
I had planned on turning that 50,000 words in one month challenge into a series of short stories. I wrote a few decent ones, I think. Maybe I’m biased. Okay, yes, I’m biased. But I wrote a few, is the important part. I didn’t get anywhere near the 50,000 word mark, though, and utterly failed (rage quit) by the end. I blame school. Whoever thought November was the perfect month for National Novel Writing is a total jerk.
That being said, I’m going to try my hand at it again. Why? Because quitters never prosper. Or something like that. This year, I actually plan on writing a novel. I’m going to work on a story I’ve been wanting to write and been developing for the past decade or so. I’m nervous and excited, because this is one of those stories that I’ve been too scared to write. It matters more to me than I could ever say. It’s my “masterpiece”, in a sense.
Anyhow, I’m not starting this without a plan . As I already said, I’ve been developing this story for the past ten years, so I know the characters, the world, and the plot fairly well. Because of my fear for this story, however, I’ve never set anything in stone, made solid the vision in my head, so there are still a lot of kinks I need to work out before the month starts. I have to draw up an outline, which may see a lot of the ideas I attached to this project get tossed out the window, and other ones will need to be brainstormed.
I’ll try to post status updates on the story as I work. Maybe that’ll keep me on track. I’m also looking to get together NaNoWriMo buddies to help stay motivated, and maybe people I can trade work with, so we can give each other feedback and encouragement. If you’re at all interested, let me know in comments, or contact me via private message on twitter.
Otherwise, wish me luck! And if you’re doing the NaNoWriMo thing next month, best of luck on meeting your goal!