NaNoWriMo 2010, and now here I am, getting ready to start book three in NaNoWriMo 2011. I realize that I'm nowhere near the original timeline I had for the series, but I am still moving forward. And I plan to use NaNoWriMo again this year to jump-start my writing and keep me focused on an insane-but-achievable goal.
I look forward to it and dread it at the same time.
If none of this sounds remotely familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is sponsored by the lovely folks at the Office of Letters and Light. Starting on November 1st, writers from all over the world start typing, scribbling, scratching and stressing. The goal is to finish a 50,000 word masterpiece (or first draft) by midnight on November 30th. The pressure is intense. The word meters tick along as the days pass, sometimes lurching forward by the thousands, sometimes crawling backwards for a day or two.
But it's all good.
Because in the end, you'll have more than you did when you started on November 1st. Even if all you have is the realization that your book idea will never work, it's OK.
All we can do is keep moving forward...
Join me, won't you? It's free, it's challenging, and it's worth it!
PS - For those of you wondering about the second book, it's in final edits now. I hesitate announcing the release date because I've missed the mark so many times, but it will be available this year!