Yes, kids. It’s that time of year: NaNoWriMo, or “National Novel Writing Month,” is upon us! What is NaNoWriMo? Well, it’s a month-long endurance challenge where writers from all over the cosmos challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in the 30 days of November.
Why November? …that’s a good question. This is NOT the month I’d have picked for this. But whatever.
I’ve always been a fan of the concept behind NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never found myself in a place where I could focus any serious time or effort to the cause. In past years I’ve always been moving, or trying to get over lost love, or helping to launch Star Wars: The Old Republic. In 2013, I vowed that things would be different. I made an oath to myself, and to the novel I hadn’t touched since March, that I would take part in NaNoWriMo and make up for lost time!
Then I lose my job. Dammit . But no matter! During the day, I will continue my hunt to find full-time employment. At night, however, I will pump out words – dozens of them, in a particular tempo and tone as to convey… stuff… and things.
Do I expect to “win” NaNoWriMo? That depends on your definition of “winning,” I guess.
I have every expectation of reaching the 50,000-word goal by the end of November. However, to say that I will have a “done” novel would be to aim too high. For starters, I anticipate the final word tally for my novel, the oft-mentioned tentatively-titled The War on Christmas , to clock in at somewhere between 85,000 and 95,000 words. Additionally, what I’m working on for NaNoWriMo is my “draft zero.” This is me sitting down and putting the story to paper (so to speak) so that I can come back to it in January or February with fresh eyes and hack it to tiny bits with my red pen of doom. Nothing more.
NaNoWriMo isn’t me writing a novel. NaNoWriMo (I really enjoy spelling that word out) is me laying the foundation in which my novel will be built on. I’ll be sharing some of it throughout the month (I’ll likely post my “first 1,667” later this week), and giving some thoughts about NaNoWriMo as an event, and as an exercise, throughout.
Now if you don’t mind me, I’ve some words to sling.