20 days until all hell breaks loose

The writing hell, that is, known as NaNoWriMo.

This is not my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month.  I’ve done it…five times before?  I think that’s right.  I’ve only “won” twice.  I didn’t even consider trying it last year, since I was in the middle of planning a wedding and moving overseas.  But this year?  You’re welcome to shoot me if I don’t finish.

I have no excuses this year.  I can’t blame wedding planning, or work, or even my social life.  I will finish this year, and I had darn well better exceed expectation.

NaNoWriMo challenges you to write that novel you’ve always wanted to write.  Within 30 days.  The goal is 50k words.  My personal goal is 90k.  A full and complete book, ready for revision.

90,000 words breaks down to 3000 words a day.  I have the ability to sit down for however long I want each day and write, whether it’s two hours, four hours, or eight hours.

Now I just have to figure out what to write about.

I have two main ideas in my head right now – one a stereotypical romance, one more literary.  The romance story is certainly screaming the loudest, but the literary one is the one I really want to write.  Hmm…decisions, decisions.

Within the next 20 days, I want to setup my Scrivener files and (GASP!) outline the story.  Jot down notes, ideas.  See if I can actually Plot (as opposed to Pants – as in, fly by the seat of my-).  I’ve never plotted out a book before writing it.  So that’s part of the challenge for me – planning.

As my reward, at the end of November I’m taking off for a trip to a warm, sunny, tropical location.  I can’t wait!!

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