Okay so I know I said I might not do it again but I never said ‘never.’ And I know my made up TiNoWriMo of a couple of years ago was a fail. But I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again this year. So, as a refresher, NaNoWriMo means National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. That works out to 1667 words a day. I won’t do that. I’ll most likely write in chunks of three or four thousand words every couple of days but I’ll try to write every day.
Why would I want to do NaNo again? Especially after last time when the universe (and the H1N1 virus) seemed to conspire against me getting it done. Well, the truth is that I have had a story in my head since I was six or seven years old and I want to try to write it. It’s for a younger audience, maybe a middle grade or young adult. Not quite sure yet. And I think NaNo is a good, concentrated way to try to write it. I’ve been trying to write a middle grade novel for my two boys now for some time and am having trouble with it. Writing for the younger set is not as easy as people seem to think it is, although I always figured that. Writing anything different than what you’re used to is always hard. Anyway, that middle grade novel is something I’m still working on, having started and restarted it at least a half dozen times. I’ve written well over 50,000 words of it in different versions. But that’s not the one I’m going to work on for NaNoWriMo. Nope, that’s going to be something completely new.
Like I said, it’s a story I’ve had in my head since I was six or seven and lived in an imaginary world. Now I’m going to bring that world to life. Kind of. I’ve been making notes and I kind of know where the book is going to go. I have some solid ideas. And I’m eager to get started. So tomorrow is the day I start. Let NaNoWriMo begin. I’ll be updating you.