I came to the conclusion as I thought about writing this post that I look forward to NaNoWriMo more than I do Christmas. I’m fairly certain this says something about me, but can’t decide if it’s something good or bad. Knowing me, probably both.
I made it. I have not started writing Still They Watch. Yes, I have the chapter outlines done for the first chapter and a half and will probably do more tonight, but it’s not actually writing it. Yeah, yeah, splitting hairs, I know. But every time I read the outline, I’m amazed and desperately want to write it, so I feel that this is still victory. This is going to be good, possibly long. I’m thinking 100k+, though I’ve been wrong before (Yes, first draft of Where The Ether Flows, I’m looking at you).
I still think I can get it done in the 30 days though. I’ve got good cause to believe that. All Stitched Up took 23 days and was just shy of 103k, so I have done it before. Also, I have two long weekends this month. First up is Remembrance Day. I have that Monday off from work, so there’s a 3-day weekend. And I’ve taken the last Friday and Monday of the month off from the day job for a 4-day weekend to get that final push in. These all worked well for me last year, so I have high hopes for this year.
I have a lot more people on my buddy list for NaNo this year, and I’ll be cheering them on even as I bang away at my keyboard. Also, I’ll be helping that friend of mine complete her first NaNo, largely with encouragement, advice and brain-prodding if she gets stuck. Never underestimate the power of brain-prods. If you’re doing NaNo this year and don’t have me on your buddy list, feel free to add me here. I still think that one of the best parts of NaNo is the community and the way the participants support each other. I’m going to try to make some local write-ins this year. Maybe even *eep* meet people. 😀