Did you know that November is "National Novel Writing Month?" It is. Every year during the month of November writers from around the world set aside gobs and gobs of time to write. The "official" goal? To write a novel in 30 days; 50,000 words of one anyway.
These aren't 50,000 words of sheer genius, mind you. This is more in the realm of a really rough first draft. The point isn't to start November with nothing and end it with a publication-ready work of art. The purpose of NaNoWriMo, as those of us in the cool club call it, is to get our writing brain back in gear, to jump start our creative juices, to get out of a writing slump if we're in one.
I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo the past two years. Life happened and it just wasn't possible. This year, however.... I'm all over it.
My personal goal is a little different from the official one. I have a manuscript I have been working on for the better part of four months and am rather anxious to finish up, polish up and send out into the often-cruel world of publishing. That's what NaNoWriMo is for me this year... dedication to finishing & polishing so I get on to the sending.
So, blog posts will be fewer and further between. Tweets will come in at a much slower rate than usual. I might forget how to spell Facebook. But it will be worth it. I'm even contemplating putting a little "word count/progress tracker" thingamajig on the side of the blog here so y'all can see that I'm not slacking.
Wish me luck. It's gonna be a fantastic month!