Ready… Set… Write!

Okay, so this post might just have the single most corny title I’ve ever written. I hope you’ll all forgive me for it, because it’s actually reflecting what my feeling has been since this morning.

NaNoWriMo is starting tomorrow – so one minute after midnight, I am going to start writing, and hopefully get to my entire word count before going to bed. This is the second year I’m participating in NaNoWriMo,while last year I was living at home, someone else was doing my laundry, and I had very little that I needed to do besides write, this year I have so much to do that the 1667 words I need to write a day seem extremely daunting and threatening.

Unlike last year, I haven’t created an outline for my novel. I have a cast of characters, and I know, in general, what I want them to deal with. I know some of their motives, some of their histories, some of their attitudes and voices, and that’s helpful, but I don’t know where I want them all to end up, so I’m very unclear about where they’re going exactly. But that’s exciting – writing is, for me, a lot like reading in that I discover things along the way.

I’m writing literary fiction this year rather than steampunk/fantasy, so that’s going to be very different as well, since I feel that I write the genres quite differently.

It also happens to be Halloween today. I didn’t dress up as anything, and I probably won’t, since I feel like I’m storing up all my creativity for 00:01AM tonight when I start writing. I really feel like I’ve spent the past couple weeks crouching low, ready for the gunshot that will announce that the race is on. It’s strange.

Finally, let me end this extremely disorganized and badly composed post by saying that I will probably be posting to my blog less in the coming month because of NaNoWriMo. However, I succeeded in posting every single day of October! Huzzah!


15 thoughts on “Ready… Set… Write!

  1. Had to stop by with your first line and that title HA HA. Seriously, good post – like the “crouching low, ready for the gunshot” – it’s solid – can identify with the feeling. Have a great write once you burst free!

  2. Erin M says:

    Hard to believe October is over already. O_o (Congrats on posting every day!)

    I, too, like discovering things about characters, &c. as I’m writing, instead of planning it all out meticulously beforehand. =]

    I hope your NaNo writing is going well!

  3. Good luck as you embark on NaNoWriMo! Its going to be a crazy month of mad writing, but I’m sure you’ll end up with something to be proud of! Keep us updated on how you’re doing! 🙂

  4. Oh, it didn’t seem like a disorganized post to me. One month. Hmm. That ought to give you a good first draft. Yeah, like C. B. Wentworth said, “Keep us updated. . . “

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