I have about 30 minutes to churn out this post, so it won’t be long. Tonight is the NaNoWriMo kick-off party because in just a few short hours, it will be November. Two years ago on November 1st, two really awesome things were happening. One, I was participating in my first NaNoWriMo write-in; and two, I was cheering on my San Francisco Giants as they won the final game in the World Series. Both were a big deal for me.
Looking back, a few things happened that make me shake my head. For starters, I managed to churn out 18k in four days. Unfortunately, that’s ALL I was able to do. Real life was kind of sucking and everything was turning upside down. Last year was worse word count wise, totaling about 4k. Blah.
This year, I’m determined to finish my book. It’s 25k in and my word count goal for the entire MS is 85k. If I can at least “win” NaNo this year, then maybe the MS will be finished before the clock hits 2013.
For whatever reason, this MS has been the most difficult of anything I’ve ever written, but I also believe it’s the most important. Maybe it’s the most important because it’s the most challenging? I’m not really sure, to tell you the truth. All I know is that I vehemently refuse to go into 2013 without this book being complete. If NaNo doesn’t go well, I just won’t acknowledge the new year, how’s that?
So here begins my third NaNoWriMo journey. Keep checking back for updates and words of encouragement, frustration, and total meltdowns. I started my first blog post (on a long ago abandoned blog) about NaNoWriMo in 2010 citing the event as “special” and “significant.” This year I’m going into it with eyes wide open, fully aware that I’m jumping into the deep end and I might now know how to swim. But I’m also going into it with something even more important: coffee and blind stupidity. Because no matter how many times I lose this thing, I will forever believe that this year is going to be my year.
Who ever said I’m pessimistic?