NaNoWriMo Updates

It’s October 14th, which means NaNo is just two weeks away!

So for a while I wasn’t sure which novel to do for 50k Day One, because let’s be honest, not every novel will work for that insanity. In the end (the end being the middle of October, so this might change again) I decided to do something incredibly chilled and fun that I won’t ever want to get published or work on more, which is a World of Warcraft fanfic. It has lots of word potential, it’s unlikely that I’ll get super stuck in the plot, and I’ll have fun writing it because no one will ever, ever read it. Then for the rest of the month I will be working on the billionth rewrite of Shard. I realize that anyone who reads this blog regularly is going “For the love of all things, stop whining about it and finish it already”, and trust me, that’s exactly what I want to do. After 12 years Tolkien had written The Lord of the Rings and had created a ton of languages and history and what not. Meanwhile, I have a lopsided series of 6 books and counting, none of which are edited, some of which are not finished, and one of which (Shard) I have been working on for twelve years. Twelve. Wait…actually eleven. But still. Not that I am legitimately comparing myself to Tolkien, because that would be crazy.

To summarize!
50kDayOne: The Healer’s Curse (WoW fanfiction)
The Rest of NaNo: Shard books II & III, and if I have time/energy after that, I might also rewrite book I.

Now for the Crazy Goals of Insanity.
1. 50k Day One again. Which this year will also involve me racing to 50k against some other people who are also doing it. The hashtags #50kdayone, #50kkillmenow, and #racetohell will be used copiously on Twitter that day.
2. My amazing dream goal that may not happen because I’ve never written more than 60k in a month before…is 350k. Err’body calm down, I know it’s crazy. But I figure I can’t lose if I have an insane goal and get more words out aiming for it, even if I don’t make it.
3. I want to do at least one 50k Weekend, ie two 25k days back to back. Much more doable than 50k in a day but you get a similar rush. Also there is sleep involved, which is always a plus and not a trait of the 50K Day One.
4. In the past, as is clear from my annual lack of blog posts between about November 7th and November 25th, I haven’t done well with consistent writing. Usually I have a great first week, lose motivation and stop writing, then come back for some hectic sprinting on the 25th or 27th or, heck, the 30th. This year I would really like to write at least the NaNo minimum (1,667) every day and stick to it.
5. Lastly, I am mentoring some NaNo newbies this year, and I hope I can get them excited and encouraged enough to cross the finish line.

That’s that! I mean, for now. There are 16 more days for the goals to get crazier. If you would like to support NaNoWriMo, which promotes literacy and the arts for youth and adults (and allows crazy writers to have an amazing community and life-changing November every year), do visit this link, as I am trying to raise some money for The Cause.

16 more days!

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