Last year, I contemplated it. But piked out. (something to do with too many things on my plate…) This year I have planned a month off work in November for it and have signed up. What for, you ask?
“NaNoWriMo”, says I.
“National Novel Writing Month.” – http://nanowrimo.org/
Over the month of November, participants aim to write 50,000 words – the size of a novella. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organisation which encourages writers to, well – write! The website hosts forums, articles and guest columns – all in an effort to kick writers in the butt and get them doing what what writers should be doing.
That 50,000 words (in 31 days) is a daunting task but I am hoping to get one of my stories extracted from my brain and onto paper by the end of the month. The novella length should be about right. I hope. I see it as yet another way to avoid procrastination and get the words done. Now I have said it, I gotta do it.
But wait! That is not all. Yesterday I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Okay, I heard you.
There are two of these. One in April and one in July. This version of the event allows for the writer to choose between 10,000 and 999,000 words. I am using this option to dip my toe into NaNoWriMo.
My goal for April is 10,000 words. I am planning on writing a new short story starring my two Victorian doctors – Viola Stewart and Dr Collins – who were introduced in An Eye for Detail. Any remaining words will be written towards a second short story or my work-in-progress – The Department of Curiosities. Doctor Jack is an alternative historical/steampunk(ish) mystery.
Eep. Now I have put this all out there, I had better back it up. Wish me luck.