For the record, I think I might be a little crazy. See, a week or so again I was reading a blog post by my friend, The Watery Tart, and in her post she mentioned participating in a June version of the National Novel Writing Month’s 50,000-words-in-30-days challenge sponsored by her writing group. I responded with a comment saying that it sounded like fun, and a few back-and-forths later, I was committed to the challenge.
Now I’ll admit it. I’m a self-confessed NaNo junkie. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the past seven years, and loved pretty much every minute of it. But still… Twice in one year… And with everything else going on in my life right now… This is maybe not the smartest idea I’ve had.
But I’ve also been in a pretty bad writing funk lately. I still sit my butt down in the chair every single day and write, as I’ve done for the past six-plus years. But there’s been no joy in it, and the thought of that high-octane, quantity-over-quality, fast-as-my-fingers-can-fly-across-the-keys style of writing, well, it’s awfully compelling. Besides, I've had this idea tossing around in my head and...
So I’m going to go for it. Yes, I have a novel revision I want to start. Yes, I have the Fresh Blood contest to promote. Yes, I have a synopsis to finish and a novel to submit. And no, my work schedule isn’t going to suddenly going to give me huge buckets full of free time. But I’ve learned with this whole writing thing, sometimes you just have to go with it.
I still planning on promoting the contest (please see: And Then There Were Three), and I’ll be damned if I don’t finish that synopsis and start submitting that novel, although the starting the revision process for the next novel might just have to wait until July. But I can fit in 50,000 words in 30 days. After all, it’s all about that can-do attitude, right?
So if anyone else is interested in coming along for the ride, please feel free to check out the BuNoWriMo group on Facebook. It’s a great group of people, we’re starting tomorrow, and it’s going to be a wild ride.