Or, presage to an insanity plea.
Well, I’ve decided to do it. I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo and I am really, truly, honestly going to try to finish this novel. At least the first draft. No, honestly. I am. Really! Okay, I’m officially protesting too much. Eep.
This is my first NaNoWriMo. At this time last year it was not an option. I was still in complete denial that any of my short stories would ever turn into a n-n-n… a no-no-no…. a very long story. But now I have a rough outline and the first six chapters of a very long story indeed. Problem is, I am absolutely stuck on that blasted sixth chapter. So, here’s the new plan of attack. I’m going to push aside my overwhelming desire to fix everything in the beginning before moving on, and simply start my word count at chapter 7, and zoom-zoom-zoomity-zoom from there, without stopping and editing and perfecting every single page, like I usually do.
Go, my characters — fly! Be free! Say what you will say! Go on adventures! Make mistakes! Face your fears! Do SOMETHING! Make the words do that thing on the screen where the story go be done, super done, with the words and the count and stuff! Yeah!
Did I say “eep” yet? Eep. I’m already a basket case and I haven’t even started.
I’ve heard that other people also participate in this insanity and maybe even have some idea what they’re doing, and can help support me in my time of need. If you are such a person, I would be happy to be your writing buddy. I have no idea what a writing buddy does, but boy, it sounds very reassuring right now. So hit me up here: Joy Pixley.
The side effect of trying to get 50,000 words written in one month is that I won’t have much time to post stories on this blog between now and December 1. But just because you don’t hear much from me, I haven’t given up on Eneana. In fact, I’ll be spending a great deal of time in Eneana, at one pretty spooky manor house in Layor, where a young noblewoman is trying to solve the mystery of all the unexplained deaths within its walls, before her own name is added to that list…
Wish me luck!