Two years ago I spent the month of November hammering away at my computer, eventually cranking out 50,000 words and my first novel, Downtown Dandelions. It was all a part of National Novel Writing Month.
This year I’m doing it again.
Starting tomorrow I’ll be trying to write 1,667 words per day of my new novel, Turn Left at the Blacktop (that’s my working title). You can follow along online if you like, though I don’t expect the read-as-I-go experience to be brilliant reading. But there will probably be more updates over there than over here, so that’s something.
So why am I doing this?
Because I’m crazy. 1,667 words a day is a lot. Of course last year I finished in only 20 days. And I had a blast.
I’m doing it again because I want to write and it’s hard to make time. This is a good way of just dumping all the excuses and doing it. It will be harder this year since my story isn’t as well thought out, I have a baby to contend with, and my work load is heavier than it was two years ago. But I’m still committed. I’m going to give it a go.
I think once I have two crappy, barely-edited novels in hand, then I will definitely have to take part in National Novel Editing Month and get one of these novels in shape to actually be worthy of the name.
But for now I’m just reveling in the creative joy.