Monday, October 31, 2011
It Starts Tomorrow
Yes that's only thirty days, in case you thought you read that wrong, you didn't.
Its a brutal siege on your mental energy. People in your life don't understand why you haven't showered in a week and a half. Spouses figure out ways to automate the coffee pot to drip directly into the mug in your office which you haven't left for three straight weeks. You learn impressive new techniques for ways to sleep while you type.
As I said to someone earlier this morning, I've never taken part in something so challenging yet equally (or more) rewarding in my life. And I've been lucky enough to do it and win the challenge for the past two years in a row.
But not this year.
It pains me to even think that I'll have no excuse for being crotchety this November, that I can't play off my pale skin and wide eyed insomnia on character development, but with the new challenge of school plus a little travel in my plans next month NaNo just wasn't in the cards this year.
I have a manuscript that I wrote during NaNo in 2009 that has been edited to hell and is now being shopped for representation for publication. I also met the goal last November but despite hitting something like 58,000 words last year, that one hasn't been opened since. And you want to know what is so strange about that fact? I love my characters in that book more. Sorry RtT but my untitled second manuscript has my heart.
Probably because it hasn't been finished. Once I've read it that many times I'm sure my feelings of murderous deletion of every single main character will take hold. But until then I'm savoring them all. So during November I plan to bring my MS along for the ride and do the re-writes I've been so desperate to begin as well as the necessary edits to what I've currently got in order to spring this book back into life. It won't be the same but at least it will be writing. And if all goes according to my nefarious plan I'll have two manuscripts complete by early next spring.
And be a red carpet walking mega writer type by next fall. Ah yes, dare to dream.
The insanity begins tomorrow. I'm pretty sure a couple friends are doing it again this year and I not only applaud you but also, picture me holding pom-poms in the shape of a typewriter and giving you the old college fight cheer. Okay, the typewriter thing is dorky I know but seriously Wrimos, best of luck for a successfully completed challenge in 2011!
Go do some finger exercises, finish those outlines and pick up your 10 pounds of coffee grounds now then get typing tomorrow! Looking forward to being back to joining all of you next year.
Badge retrieved from the NaNoWriMo Website & doctored by me to include the word "non" in Photoshop. Sadly.