It’s that time of year again! The time of year when good little boys and girls of the writer persuasion wrack their brains and their fingers, destroy notebooks and laptops alike, and drive themselves to the brink of madness by attempting to write a full 50,000-word novel entirely within the confines of 30 days.
Last year I didn’t really participate in NaNoWriMo for a variety of reasons, many of them stress-related, some of them personal. I technically signed up and reported some written words, but it was a complete bust in the long run. For the most part I only really signed up at all because I hated the idea of not participating after having previously done so for 8 years in a row. Other than technically keeping my participating streak unbroken, there was really little to no point in my bothering to claim that 9th year spot.
Well, this year is going to be different, my friends. For one thing, because of my stubbornness in signing up last year, this year is my 10th since attempting NaNoWriMo for the very first time. That alone makes it special and makes me feel almost like I have to pull this one off. How can I possibly accept screwing up my 10-year anniversary?!
For another thing, I’m in a much better place this year than I was the last. Mentally, emotionally, physically, financially…everything is just better this year, which means a world less stress and more time and energy that I can use to focus on, you know…actually writing.
But that’s not to say that my participation this year is going to be standard fair. Oh no, as usually I intend to be thoroughly rebellious and totally screw with the system because, apparently, I can’t do anything at all the normal way. Who likes normal anyway?
This year, for my 10th Anniversary NaNoWriMo, I fully intend to write well-more than 50,000 words, but they will not be toward a single novel. Rather, I will be working on all the wonderful thoughts that have been dancing around in my head for months now. That includes working toward the manuscripts of The Other World Books Three, Four, and Five, plus a handful of different fan-fiction ideas I’ve been playing with (almost all of them Good Omens ones…don’t judge me), as well as a variety of short stories and other such things that I’ll be writing for my Patreon.
Does it make sense to split my attention like that? No, not necessarily. But only I know how my brain works, and believe me when I say that this is what’s best in order to keep me writing throughout the month.
The only real question, at this point, is what I’m still doing here, yammering away at you fine people rather than writing fiction? Well, honestly, I just wanted to have a chat! And now that I’ve had one, it’s time to go back to the fiction, my friends. Fiction!
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2019? Let me know what your username is so I can add you as a friend! You know having friends to be accountable to makes you significantly more likely to complete the challenge, right? That’s what they tell me, anyway. So let’s be friends! Friends who write fiction!
Yeah, okay, I’m just rambling now. ON TO THE WRITING!