It’s October and I’m staring down the starting gate in just 8 short days – the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
As of this writing, in 8 days, 6 hours, 54 minutes, 12 seconds. yikes.
I’m not usually this nervous before November 1. I usually have a plan for NaNoWriMo, and a plot and some outline done and lots and lots of notes. I usually have a whole basket full of snacks and specialty coffees and teas and special items I use while I’m writing. I usually have a list of meals I need to make and freeze and snacks I need to bake during this – the final week before starting. I’m usually exuding confidence and writing pep talks on my other blog (which I am not doing anymore) for the newbies and oldies, alike and during the days leading up, I am participating in word wars and in general I have a plan. A concrete plan.
Not so much right now.
Last year, I panicked a little. Two weeks before starting, I was just getting ideas together. This time I’m only a week away and while I have a plot idea, I’m not sure I have enough for a 50,000 word plot. You know, with a beginning, middle and end?
Nope. Nada. Zilch.
Last year at this point, I had recipes ready to go for the month of November. I had 15 scheduled 2 weeks before and added another 5 the last week. No scheduled recipes yet. Not a single one for this year. How I am I going to do this?
I have four I need to make for #SundaySupper and schedule. But I haven’t. I need to. I have 2 I can schedule for different days of the week, but again, I have not.
The problem is, now I am wondering if I should even attempt this crazy whirlwind month. Am I prepared enough? National Novel Writing Month has meant everything to me in October and November of every other year. I’ve been prepared. I’m not this year. NaNoWriMo just came creeping up like some kind of ninja and pounced and I’m a little freaked out.
Let me also say, I have an idea. I mean, I really do have a great idea. It’s a book I’ve been itching to write for years, so it’s not like it’s new. It just hasn’t been fleshed out at all. I know the characters well enough… I think. But I am not sure about their back story. I don’t know what direction I am heading with this. I do know it’s Young Adult Fiction. So I mean, at least I have something, right?
This year though, I have ideas. No plan. No perfect plot. No outline. No scheduled blog posts. No planned meals. No time.
I’m thinking about making most of the month dedicated to quick and easy dinners and some crock pot meals, snacks for novel writing (which really translates to fun snacks that can be eaten while you’re working… laptop optional) and some coffee drinks thrown in for good measure. Mostly because while I live on coffee normally, I tend to drink much more of it during November than any other month. I’m sure I will be adding other things as well, but for now that is all I can think about.
I am also sleep deprived most of the month of November. So if I don’t make sense, just pat me on the head and send me back to my computer to add some words.
On the right side of my blog at the top of the page in the sidebar you will see where I added a word count widget. You can track my progress there. Final goal – 50,000 words. Daily goal: About 1,667 words. If you see it go red at any point, yell at me. If you see it green the whole way, cheer me on and encourage me to keep going – I have a huge reward at the end coming.
I am upgrading my Kindle Fire to the new 4G. I really want it but I want to work for it.
Keep your fingers crossed, and hey – if you’d like to guest blog – I’d really, really love it. I mean, like really. Jen? Carla? Renee? Isabel? Pam? ANYONE? ANYONE! (and if your name was left off this list don’t get your panties in a wad. I had about 6 other names on there and removed them because it was too long… don’t worry, I know who you are and if you’re interested you will tell me….)
Now, I need to figure out dinner for tonight. *sigh* This just keeps getting better and better.