Well, this will be my first year trying to write 50,000 words in thirty days. This will be a tall order for me because I find it nearly impossible not to edit as I write. This also means I will be outlining (also a tall order for me) the month of October in an attempt not to get to the middle of November and wonder where on earth I was going with the plot.
For those of you who haven't heard of it yet, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) has run from November 1st to November 30th every year for the past eleven. The goal is to write a novel in thirty days or at least get a damn good start on one. Back in 1999 there were only 21 participants, but this year they expect over 175,000.
And I have to tell you, I'm kind of excited about it. I'm more motivated with a deadline and this is quite a deadline.
I also noticed while browsing the NaNo site that there is a Young Writers Program where kids 17 and under can participate by setting their own word count goal. This sounds like something my aspiring writer daughter might be interested in (plus it might keep her occupied while Mom is writing). She's been working on a great idea for a chapter book, so we'll see.
Now, who's with me? I can use all the support I can get. Here I am. Won't you join me?
Born, raised, and still living in the Midwest with my kids and various shelter animals. I write contemporary YA, long and short, and covet all things chocolate. I'm very glad to meet you. By the way, you look fantastic!