Next week, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins its 30 day marathon. The idea is to write 50,000 words during the allotted time, focusing on the story rather than the mechanics of writing; a good exercise for those of us who are still struggling to get published. Hopefully, it establishes habits that will continue long after the month of November has come and gone. And, if one were to write a novel a year, this fits rather nicely, working up a very raw first draft, or its beginnings, along with fellow writers, then spending the rest of the year editing, marketing, quite possibly attracting a publisher. If that isn’t reward enough, there is the satisfaction of completing the wordcount goal–I think there is a widget, or something you can collect–and a regional competition of sorts, where each region competes for total words written against all the others. It should be interesting.
That means, however, I will spend the next few days working out some outline details, talking to my characters and sharpening the old pencils, so to speak. I will try to post some excerpts and updates on my progress over the coming weeks.