I’m glad that NaNoWriMo is just 2 days and 17 hours away, because my novel, my MC, and NaNo in general have taken over my brain already, and I’m rather certain my head would explode if I had to wait any longer than that to start. I expected to become more terrified as NaNo gets closer, but instead, I’ve just built up more excitement. Last night at my weekly cell group, one guy said he wanted to thank God for giving him an idea for a novel, and immediately I interrupted the whole thing and blurted, “YOU SHOULD SIGN UP FOR NANOWRIMO!” Everyone kind of got quiet and looked at me, and I go (more sheepishly/quietly) “You have to write 50,000 words in a month.” To heck with decorum, right? I mean, it was related. Sort of.
My parents, who by the way are incredible because they actually support me doing this despite my plate being full already, are (I think) starting to get tired of hearing about this. In fact, I’m fairly certain I’ve talked off everyone’s ear about this.
I have decided that the thing I adore most about NaNo is the fact that we’re all in this together. Sure, I can probably get myself to write a novel in a month. I’ve written over 20k in a day before, and it was pretty decent writing, so technically this is not all that intense and I will probably go way over 50k even though this is my first year. Writing a lot in a short time is not new to me at all. BUT writing like an insane person WITH thousands of other people around the globe is absolutely incredible. For one month of the year, we give ourselves permission to indulge in the thing that is really our passion, and everything else gets put on the back burner (except school and work, which are un-back-burner-able).
For the month of November, I won’t feel alone in my dry eye, hunched shoulder, coffee addicted, chocolate eating state. Other people will be doing this, too.
Again, my biggest problem is forcing myself to wait until midnight on the 1st. I have the hours leading up to it all planned out, though; less from actual superstition than knowing I’ll be losing my mind if I don’t stay busy until then:)