Forty-five Days Until…

National Novel Writing Month 2010 begins! I had never heard of NaNoWriMo until last year when a few of my favorite bloggers and tweeters participated. I considered it but declined. This year, I will give it a shot. I signed up today at and I even have the basic idea for the story already. Now it’s just a matter of spending a little time over the next month-and-a-half doing some research and writing exercises then jumping in feet-first on November 1.

I will admit that I have the same reservations I had last year: namely my job preventing me from getting anywhere near the 50K work goal, and the fact that while I have notebooks upon notebooks of story ideas and plot notes I continue to jot down over the past twenty years, I have not actually written fiction since college. Like most other arts and activities, “use it or lose it” applies to writing, so I hold no misconceptions about the probable quality of whatever fiction I manage to churn out for NaNoWriMo but I plan to give it my best—if rusty—shot.

I am the classic dreamer who has all these good (and not-so-good) ideas but never brings them to fruition. I have to set goals in order to force myself to follow through on things. Or as my girlfriend loves to say, “either shit or get off the pot.”

So, my hope is that by setting the goal of participating I will force myself to stop simply dreaming up all these stories and scenarios, and actually sit down and write them out for once.

I am nervous already… and also curious what type of writing style I come up with when I am not writing as myself. When I blog I tend to write in an almost conversational style, or so I’ve been told on a few occasions. I remember experimenting with a lot of styles, perspectives and moods in college so I am interested to see what I come up with after so long away from fiction writing.

2 thoughts on “Forty-five Days Until…

  1. Cool! I’m glad you decided to give it a shot. In my mind, it doesn’t matter as much if you hit 50k words or not, as it does that you make the attempt. Last year, I started late and didn’t write much, but still learned some good lessons.

  2. Welcome to the club :)

    NaNo is definitely one of my favourite parts of the year. I almost look forward to it more than I do Christmas.

    I would suggest getting involved with your city’s nano community if there is one, and joining writing sessions and stuff. It’s a big part of what makes it so much fun.

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