As of a half hour ago I have 24 hours until reaching a final decision. Will I be participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or not? I’m not sure. It’s tempting. I really really want to. The practical side of me, however, wonders if it’s going to be possible. My schedule won’t help much, and as far as writing goes I’m trying to get a more concise, refined little 20-25 pg. something together for graduate school submissions.
For those unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is a wonderful little organization or “contest” where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel draft in 30 days. By forsaking usual necessities like sleep and social relationships, and by stacking a fridge full of caffeinated beverages and your brain of creative ideas, it actually becomes quite possible. My good buddy Carrie (see cheapwomen.org) participated with me and some other Bham friends in 2005 and thinks she’ll probably do the same again this year. Some days we’d have ridiculous word-count contests, and the loser would have to do things such as work an entire day barefoot at our little bookstore (the carpet was nauseating, by the way, and this time I was the loser).
Carrie, I’m thinking you might be asleep because our text messaging conversation ended so abruptly, but if you’re reading this, do you realize we have less than 24 hours until it starts? 24 HOURS!?
I encourage anyone interested to do it. I don’t want to start something I most likely won’t finish, but ask me tomorrow and maybe by then I’ll have defied logic and found a way. Tomorrow will be busy, and do I really want to end it by starting a ridiculously busy month?! This book helps a lot, and this guy is leading the first pep talk! Maybe I’ll see you there… MAYBE.