Zero. My word count is at zero.
After today, that is a number I do not wish to see again.
That’s right, folks! It is officially November 1! Which means, NaNoWriMo officially started 10 hours ago! Which means, I’m officially behind in starting my very first novel! (For those who missed this post, NaNoWriMo is an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. No, I’m not crazy.) (Only because my straight jacket hasn’t come yet.)
I’m having mixed emotions about this challenge at this particular moment. There’s part of me that is calm, reserved, and ready to work. She looks like this:
|I’m so clever, perhaps I’ll write this novel with a PENCIL.|
The over-thinking, over-planning, over-emotional part of me is freaking out because I didn’t write much of an outline, I still haven’t chosen a name for my main character, and I have no idea where I’m going to start my story. She looks something like this:
|What the FRUIT have I gotten myself into??!?!?!?!??!|
I’m banking on 3 very specific things to get me through the next 30 days. 1) Endless creativity. Or at least creativity in some form or fashion. 2) Guaranteed breaks for Castle. And 3) My good luck charm, which comes in the form of a hoody from Threadless.com.
|Because we all know my affection for exclamation marks a plenty.|
Don’t worry, readers. I will still be posting my usual amount of blogs for your enjoyment for the next 30 days. Just don’t be surprised if, by the end of the month, my blog posts read something like this sounds:
Patty!! Maybe I’ll use Patty as my main character’s name!!!
Anyway, I’m counting on you to keep me as accountable as possible throughout this challenge, so every day, I’ll be posting my word count. Remember, I have to pound out 50,000 words total. So in order to accomplish that goal, I have to write about 1700 words a day. Which works out to be about 6 1/2 pages. That’s not so hard, right?
* SOB *