Today is Halloween, which means that I’m nursing a hangover from a party last night and am getting ready to hand out some candy to the neighborhood kids. It also means that it’s the last day of October… and National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow. Yes, 50,000 words in 30 days.
It’s my fourth attempt at NaNoWriMo. In 2006, I lost inspiration and quit. In 2008, I succeeded and decided to become a writer. I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. I let our Italian vacation get in the way instead. Great trip, but I didn’t even make it to 40,000 words.
This year, I’m going to win.
I set up a workstation for myself this afternoon. I’ve never tried writing at a desk before, preferring to write in a chair or on a couch. But my decrepit old back isn’t happy when I do that anymore, and it seems to like the desk chair we have in our sunroom. So I cleaned off our little desk, moved my three lucky orange Ganeshas to watch over me, and hung three cute bird and tree paintings (mixed media artworks? what does one call these?) for inspiration and cheer. And I have a ton of albums I need to listen to before December, so I’ll have a fantastic soundtrack to this moody, paranormal(ish) young adult novel I’m about to write. In first person present tense. Which I’ve never done before.
I downloaded the just-released beta version of Scrivener for Windows, and I’ve been playing with it this afternoon, writing character sketches and a synopsis for each chapter. I’m nowhere near done outlining, but if I get half of the book outlined before tomorrow, I’ll feel pretty good. I’m hoping that organization is going to be my best friend this year.
I’ve got help, too. I’m participating through D Magazine’s FrontRow blog and possibly helping to coordinate something through the Writer’s Garret. Even better, some friends are NaNoWriMo-ing too. Anne and Kristen from my writing program as well as my friend Tiffany are all going to give it a go. And this guy, who is partly responsible for my current hangover, is thinking of trying, too (do it, do it!!!).
I couldn’t be more thrilled that I will have several writing buddies this time around. Seriously, you need a cheerleading section if you’re going to make it through this month. Well, a cheerleading section, some headphones, lots of caffeine, and some serious booze. At least, that’s how I do it.
And I’m gonna do it. Who’s with me?