I know you know.
It’s that time of year again.
Yes, I am talking about National Novel Writing Month.
This coming November, I am once again going to participate in my revised capacity — that is, I won’t be starting any new projects, just working toward finishing the things currently on my plate. I haven’t worked much on my novel from last year in a while, so I’ll need to do a full re-read before November starts. But I’ll have the same goal as last time: finish this dang thing.
It might seem kind of pointless to participate in NaNo when the major tenets of the month (50k words on a new project) aren’t really my goal. But as I explained to someone recently, it’s not really about the bragging rights of being able to say I wrote 50,000 words or anything like that. The community is nice. There are Twitter accounts that host word sprints and groups of affirming people to share excerpts with. The energy around NaNoWriMo is what draws me to it. It gives me a good excuse to drop everything and plug away on my novel.
And damn it, my current project is 72k words and probably 2/3 of the way done — another 50k will put it over the edge and I will be finished with this draft. So I’m going to do it. This year, it’s going to happen.
Be on the lookout for excerpts, updates, and more as November approaches.