That's 4 days, 10 hours, 36 minutes and 13 seconds, 12, 11, 10.....you get the picture :)
In a moment of recklessness and rashness, I've signed up to take part in this year's NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.
The aim is to write a 50,000 word (roughly 175 page) novel in 30 days...November to be exact.
I don't know when I first became aware of NaNoWriMo, I think it was possibly 2 years ago. But I've always missed the start so though I thought it sounded like fun, I've never actually tried it. Plus last November we were in the middle of moving continents. That's a pretty good excuse and I'm sticking to it.
So why am I doing this? Because I can I suppose. I'm on my 2 year sabbatical and other than volunteering for a few hours each week, and being a taxi and care service for Goth Child and Melchett, I have no other commitments. Reworking/recostuming my existing burlesque acts and developing some new ones can wait a month.
Writing a novel was also one of the things on my 40 things before I'm 40 list that I didn't achieve. Well I'm 42 now, so if I don't have a go I'm sure I'll always find things to get in the way, that I can pretend are legitimate reasons not procrastination.
This would all be perfect......except.....my parents are visiting us for the 1st time in November, from the 19th to the 29th and will want entertaining and showing what life in America is like.
But hey, writing 1,667 words a day plus living just seemed too easy ;) I have to have some sort of added encumbrance don't I? Hopefully I might be able to get nearer the 2,500 mark some days early in the month to make the task more achievable with the parents around. We'll see.
And what's the novel going to be about? Who will be the characters? What genre will it be?
I haven't got a clue yet.
In my defence, I don't believe you can write a novel fit to publish in 30 days. What I'm attempting to do is write 50,000 words as a draft...that can be rewritten and edited. I'm going to try and do something I find incredibly hard - write without constantly editing as I go. Writing in a notebook rather than on a computer. Trying out different venues to write - home, parks, libraries, coffee shops etc. To write each day and see what emerges without over planning.
That said, I'm not brave enough to set sail on November 1st without any idea of where I'm going. This week I'm working to nail down one idea that really appeals to me, a beginning, an ending and possibly sketch out some characters. But I'd really like to try just seeing where my writing takes me and whether the exercise brings out anything worthwhile. I'd also like to use the month to see what areas of writing I need to learn more about for any future attempts.
So please don't think too harshly of me proper writers, we all need to start somewhere and I could read every book there is on writing, I could go back to college and do a creative writing course....but if I don't have actually put pen to paper, I'll never know.
Oh good, that's over 600 words. Pity they weren't part of a story. And now there's only 4 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds to go....16, 15, 14, 13....
(By the way, I'll keep you up to date with my progress here of course, but if you want to check out my NaNoWriMo 'author' page, it's here....and if any of you join in with NaNoWriMo too, why not drop me a note and add me as a NaNoWriMo writing buddy).