Halloween is just around the corner, which means that it’s almost time for a full month of writing. Of course, I am referring to National Novel Writing Month, a “competition” in which people challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. This will be my fourth time attempting it. I’m pretty confident about my chances, seeing as how I successfully completed it last year. I know a lot of people try to set tougher goals for themselves the second time around, but seeing as how I haven’t written much fiction at all recently, I’ll be content just to finish it again.
The experience last year was pretty intense. I fell below pace during the middle of the month and had to catch up by spending a couple days toward the end of the month pretty much doing nothing but writing. It really challenged my creative energies, but I persevered. This year will probably go much the same way — I’m just a procrastinator by nature. And while I have a general idea of the plot I want to write, I haven’t really fleshed out the characters, nor do I have much of a conclusion. In other words, it’s going to be just like last year again, figuring things out as I go along.
So, are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? It sounds a lot harder than it actually ends up being, once you get into the hang of things, and it really is a neat thing to be able to say you accomplished.