Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I'm NaNo'ing - Bring It On!
You see that little badge in the sidebar? Yep, I'm NaNo'ing. I finally decided late Saturday night, Oct. 31st, to take the plunge and be all official for National Novel Writing Month, which started at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1st.
I'm so ecstatic to join all my fellow NaNo'ers! Now I won't feel left out. Do we have a secret handshake or something?
I've signed up, I know I need to write 50,000 words by the end of the month, and... now what? Do I report my word count somewhere official-like? Is there a forum or something somewhere where I could procrastinate rather than write? I guess I can enter the NaNoWriMo popularity contest and start collecting "Buddies?" (I'm Bookmom2000. Be my buddy. C'mon. Please?) I'm a newbie at this, so maybe some of you seasoned NaNo'ers can give me some direction.
But for now I'm scrambling to do at least *some* pre-writing so that I have a clue where I'm going with this book. The first question: Can I outline and draft at the same time? The second question: Can I not spiral into the depths of despair by comparing my puny word count with those already being posted? (Seriously, people! How do you DO that?!?!)
I figure that I can prolong the torture over a few months to produce an atrocious first draft, or I can just crank it out in a month and be done with it. So, for better or worse, I'm NaNo'ing!
(Is it just me, or does NaNo'ing sound like an obscure desert planet in the Star Wars universe?)