It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.
I'm sure most of you writers know about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, or about 1,613 words per day. I've done it for two years in a row and have every intention of participating in 2012, but now the questions are: What the heck do I write about for those 50k words? And when am I going to find the time to write for hours every day for a month?
As for the first, I have a few story ideas. For one I've written half a detailed (and maybe even decent) plot outline for, and the others are vague-ish notions floating around in my head. Not the most pressing, since I can always write about marauding squid or psychedelic ninjas or whatever if I'm absolutely desperate.
But for the first time in a two-year NaNo history, I'm worrying about time. I'm sure you know what I mean: Getting the most important or unchangeable things done and then discovering the day's almost over, or feeling like you do stuff all day and finding out at the end only half the list's been crossed off. I'm already having trouble keeping up with the blogosphere, and I'm not even writing as much as I did last year during non-NaNo season.
I think I'll be able to swing it so I have time to write. But something will clearly have to go, and I really don't want it to be The Eagle's Aerial Perspective for the entirety of November.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo or thinking about participating? Doubtful if you'll be able to find the time to write everyday and reach the 50k goal, or do you already have a schedule down?
-----The Golden Eagle