It’s October 31, which means just one thing to me: NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. All is in readiness here … I’ve thought about what I’m writing and have a vague idea of where it begins.
More importantly, I’ve cleaned my house, right down to washing the floors, dusting the skirting boards*, emptying the fridge, so that I’ve got no excuse tomorrow when it comes time to start.
As always, my strategy for NaNo is to write as many words as I can in 30 days – and not to give in to despair and give up should my little graph begin to fall behind the all-important ‘on track’ line. It’s always about this point in any conversation about NaNoWriMo that I reiterate that I have never ‘won’ NaNoWriMo, but I should also point out that three novels that I have written during NaNo have been or are about to be published.
The plan is that this year will give me a fourth.
My aim is to get my first draft completed by the time the boys go on school holidys in mid-December or thereabouts. NaNoWriMo gives me the motivation to if not break the back of a project, then at least to give its spine a massive crack.
It’s always a busy month, November, and this year is no different. In fact, if anything, this year November is busy like it’s never been before.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t be giving NaNo a red hot go.
Remember, every word you have at the end of the November is a word you don’t have now. That’s a win.
*may not be true