Sometimes, I make questionable decisions. I have a tendency to get excited about new projects and pile ’em on.
Generally I talk with my husband, aka my “crazy filter,” and get his opinion on whether my new projects are a good idea or whether I’ll be weeping on his shoulder in a couple of weeks when I realize that I can’t do ten things on the same day. He’s good about being supportively realistic.
It might have been a good idea to chat with him before signing up for my first NaNoWriMo.
If you don’t know, “NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel.
This means writing 1,667 words a day, every day of the month.
I’ve finished a longer book, but not at THAT speed.
Just where is this writing time going to fit into my life? I’m not sure. Somewhere between kids and teaching and correcting and choir and accompanying and Thanksgiving preparations…
Ah well. I like a challenge, and I’ve had my new story in mind for over a year now. I’m hoping that this push will get it out of my head and onto paper.
Just to share the fun, I’ve invited my 7th and 8th grade Creative Writing class to participate in an abbreviated form.
In case anyone is interested, here is the calendar I’ll be using with the kids, with daily word counts for three goal levels: 100, 200 or 300 words per day. Feel free to use it if you’re looking for a shorter writing challenge!
Writers, are any of you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you in the past? Do you have any wisdom to share?