Yep, it's that time of year again.
National Novel Writing Month. ( http://www.nanowrimo.org/ )
Doing it again. Me.
This will be my 4th year writing an entire novel in November, and (knock on wood) my third completed novel.
I've learned a lot in the last 4 years. Hell, i might be *just* starting to learn how to write.
You may notice i said, “4th year participating, 3rd finished novel.”
I totally failed the 2nd year. Totally. Like big time. Got about 6000 words in and *pffft!*
I mean, sure, i was really really busy and really really stressed that November and i didn't really plan for it properly. But now, as i go into my fourth try, i've finally figured out what gets me through NaNoWriMo a winner.
Lot's and lot's of bragging.
Without fail, the thing that gets me to drag my loser ass to the keyboard and pound out the words…
Complete and desperate fear of humiliation.
No, seriously. I'm vain.
So, to that end… *ahem*
Look at me! Look at me! I'm an award winning writer! I've been to Clarion! I'm doing NaNoWriMo!
Actually, ya know, NaNoWriMo is *so* banal at this point. I mean, been there, done that. Right? It's time to amp things up!
The normal way to win NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Feh, too easy… [cracks knuckles] I, being the amazing guy i am, am going to write (drum roll please)….
An 80,000 word novel in 20 days.
That's right. That's right.
Well, cause i'm stupid. And, y'know, an industry standard adult novel is at least 80,000 words. And that divides nicely by 20 days to 4000 words a day. Piece of cake. Uh, right?
I mean sure it is! Who says i can't do it? Put your money where your mouth is! Put 'em up! Bring it!
Seriously, i'm taking bets. I'm taking challenges. Day to day or for the whole 20 days. I'll pledge to do tasks and favors if i fail. I'll wash your car. I'll clean your toilet. Whatever you want! Put it in the comments.
You can track me on the NaNoWriMo site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/211862
I'll post my usual whiny weekly updates about how hard it is to be a writer and why you should pity me. I'm also committing to posting my word count *every day* till i get to THE END. If i miss a day, i have to write an EXTRA 1000 words. What do you think of that?
Look at me! I'm crazy!… and stupid!
So, uh, yeah… see you in 4 days… um, wish me luck.