Hello again, good friends.
I just realized, some of you do not know what NaNoWriMo is.
NaNoWriMo stands for "National Novel Writing Month" where thousands of people strive to write a 50k word *that's 50,000 folks* book in the span of only 30 days.
This of course, causes us to panic before we start, and while we're writing, plenty of us are considering writing our Wills instead, seeing as how we want someone to come up and shoot us in the face because we thought we could write a novel in 30 days.
We're not allowed to edit in the month of November. Our inner editor is a jerk who deserves to be ignored. For those of you who were wondering, in order to write this novel, of only 50k words, which, in retrospect, is rather small for a novel, seeing as how the first book of my series is supposed to have 130k more words than that, one would need to write roughly 1667 words a day. Or if you're writing by hours in a day, and have a schedule like mine, you'll spend only 22% of your month writing! I believe it's 153 hours of November spent in the form of you bending over your notebook/keyboard/computer inches away from face desking.
Why do we put ourselves through this madness? No idea, really. Maybe it's the recognition that we can do this, and that we can possibly get published. Speaking of, did you know the author of Water For Elephants, which is that movie with the elephant and Robert Pattinson for those who don't know, is a winner of NaNoWriMo? So, it might be that. Or, it could be the million dollar prize if you do win.
Just kidding about the million dollar prize.
No, what you do get, which might not seem worth it for many, is a certificate thing for finishing. And if you're in San Fransisco, there's a 6 Hour Sit In Write-A-Thon thing. i really want to go, but you know. Germany =/= San Fransisco.
Follow @NaNoWriMo on twitter for more information, or check out their website at www.nanowrimo.org
Consider it. Do it. Hate it. Love it.
--Lisa Stevens, first time NaNoWriMo Participant.