My to-do list:
- Submit Stephen F. Austin manuscript (over and over and over if necessary) – check
- Finish editing The Marvelous Adventures of the Fabulous Nolens mansucript – in process
- Submit TMAOTFN (^^ that book) – as soon as #2 is done
- Make 4 Halloween costumes – almost done
- Start new writing project – scares the peewadling out of me
Yes, I used the word “peewadling.” I’m not really sure how to define it, but you can get the gist from the context.
Next month, November, is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word book in 30 days. That’s 1,667 words every day. If I take weekends off, that’s 22 days – 2,273 words per day. I know what I’m going to write my story about, but I don’t know what my story is. Action/adventure? Mystery? Thriller? Drama? Not romance, I know that for sure. At least I can mark that genre off my list.
But, yikes! Can I actually produce 50,000 words? I’ve tried NaNoWriMo before, but the result was a crash and burn. Not even mid-way, either. Closer to the beginning. I totally wussed out. Played the “busy mommy” card and quit. I don’t think I want to quit this year. I think I want to finish. But then I’ll have another manuscript to deal with. Wow. What will I do with 3 manuscripts?
Hmm. Publish them, maybe? There’s a thought – 3 books.
Well, you’re coming on the journey with me, like it or not. Now that I’ve put that out there, I have to be accountable to you for my success, or lack thereof. I’ve signed up on the NaNoWriMo website, so I suppose it’s somewhat official now. My plan of attack for these 50K words is to just spew them out. I’m going to try to not care about grammar, sentence structure, or other such things. November is all about the words.
Since I should probably know what my plot is, I’ll try to squeeze in some groundwork over the next 11 days. That is, when I have a chance to do ANOTHER thing besides cooking, cleaning, yelling at the kids, laundry, constructing Halloween costumes, more yelling at the kids, wiping boogers off Baby K’s face, checking homework, making school lunches, hiding in the bathroom, and taking the occasional shower.
Ready for the ride?