Are you ready for thirty days and nights of literary abandon!? Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? (This is the part where you say “Hell yeah it does!” or “Heck yes!” if you’re Napoleon Dynamite.)
National Novel Writing Month goes from November 1 – 30. Despite my brain screaming “STAY FAR AWAY! YOU HAVE NO TIME!” I have decided to participate in the challenge. What is the challenge, you ask? Well, it’s only 50,000 words (roughly 175 pages) in thirty days…no big deal – or as my lovely BFF Dana says, NBD.
My November is busy enough as it is, so I figured I might as well officially destroy my sanity by working on this challenge as well. At present, my November looks like this:
- Full-time job
- 11 credits at school (This includes editing and preparing a poet’s book for publication with three other people, which is more work that I could have imagined.)
- Read, Write & Live blog (This includes making a recipe every week for the Harry Potter Cookbook Challenge)
- British Isles trip get-together November 11 (This involves people from the England trip I went on this spring…which I still haven’t really written about…sorry.)
- Mom’s birthday party November 13
- Harry Potter midnight movie November 18-19 (Trust me, it’s a big deal.)
- Seattle trip November 23-29
In short…I am in over my head. Response: BRING IT ON!
I know what I am going to write about. I wrote a piece of flash fiction last month that I decided would make for a great novel. I have basically changed everything about it except the main plot. I apologize, but it’s too soon for me to talk about it. Whenever I talk about something too much in the early stages it often doesn’t make it to the end. For now, we’ll leave it at the simplest of facts that I’m working on a novel…and it will hopefully be written by the end of November.
This may cause me to slack a bit (more) on my blog. I may even have to put off the recipes for November in order to keep up with a writing schedule. I will need to write roughly six pages every day in order to fulfill the quota. Seeing as how I have a week-long vacation towards the end of the month and a few evening events already planned, this means I might need to write upwards to twenty pages a day on a few occasions. It’s extreme, but many have done it before.
This is what I ask of each and every one of you:
Okay, that’s obviously not me. Homegirl does not look like that…and I’ve never been to New York.
But seriously, all I want is your support. I’m not asking for money or for anyone to pretend to be me at my job (though that would be interesting). I know that it’s hard to turn back from something once everyone knows about it, so if I continue with the contest I hope you continue with your support. I’m not concerned, of course. I have an amazing readership here and am lucky to know all of you in some fashion or another. I thank you here in advance for any support given through the grueling process.
And now that I’ve written the word “support” more in one sitting than ever before, I think it’s time to finish up some homework and head to bed.
Have you ever participated in the National Novel Writing Month contest?
Do you have any advice for me during the next month? (I may need it.)