Now I Have Done It! There Is No Turning Back?

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.
“Wha???”
“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.
Wha???
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.


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