For mortals and the Dearly Departed tomorrow is October 31st. A day of pumpkins, costumes, and bags full of mini-chocolate bars, m&ms, and candy corn. For others it is the Celtic New Year, for others a Sabbat in which to honor ancestors.
For writers- it is, “Oh, my Gawd! NaNo begins at the stroke of midnight!”
Believe me- that is much more frightening than any ghouls or hands reaching out of graves. Those at least can be exorcised.
But NaNo? NaNo is the ultimate monster that CANNOT BE KILLED! It mercilessly, incessantly attacks for an entire month straight turning writers into the very zombies that normal folk watched on their TV on Halloween.
For those who may not know what NaNo is:
National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Crazy, huh? Yup! That’s the point. The joy of turning off the inner-editor and letting all the words pour out of your head onto the paper. No worrying at all. No editing. Pure insanity.
I participated last year for the first time and had a blast. How could I not enjoy something that crazy? Oh, the endless nights! The never-ending cups of green tea! The agony and escasty poured out onto writing forums across the Internet.
So what am I doing this year?
Finishing this draft! That’s what! Or, in other words- cheating. Ya see- NaNo has this rule that states the work should be a totally fresh piece of work. Personally, I see no difference in going from zero to 50,000 words or from continuing let’s say from 20,000 words and adding 50,000 new words to finish a novel you’ve begun. Not to mention, NaNo is a competition against yourself. Not others.
To put it simply, I have no qualms about breaking silly, little rules.
Anyhow, I’ve taken this week off from working on my WIP to rest my poor, little head. (and fingers!) Then, come Nov. 1st at the stroke of midnight- I’m off!
What are you all doing for NaNo?
Good luck to all!