Two Hours Until NaNoWriMo 2011

That it is. So, with only two hours left until the madness begins, I’d like to say a few words.

I am possibly more excited for NaNoWriMo this year than I ever have been before, although exactly why is difficult to say. Every year, there’s a fantastic energy about the forums, so huge that it’s impossible not to get excited over the thought of this 50,000 (or in my case, 200,000) word venture.

Naturally, I have my concerns. This is the first year I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo that I haven’t had other things to do simultaneously – by other things, I mean coursework and other such commitments, as opposed to the social aspects. For this reason, I’m terribly frightened that I won’t fully take advantage of this opportunity, as though I’ll have too much time on my hands. Without that constant battle, finding times and places to write at every given moment, I fear I might slip off the beaten path and into procrastination hell. I mean, what’s stopping me from just writing for one or two hours a day and just sleeping for the rest? I can’t afford to do this, of course … I need a routine!

On the other hand, this might just be the concentrated effort I have been in need of. What I mean by that is that it’s simple enough for me to sit down and hammer out perhaps a thousand words in a few short sittings, and do this maybe two or three times a month. It’s not so much that I lose my way with projects is that I’m easily distracted, and yet every November until now, NaNoWriMo has ensured that I am not nearly as easily distracted as I usually am. Sitting down to write, knowing that I only have thirty days in which to write all of it, and seeing my stats page come to a standstill is unsettling enough to give me a brief kick and force me to get on with it. Perfect, in other words.

Fears and aims aside, I feel reasonably at ease with the prospect of starting my project within the next two hours. I haven’t prepared as much as I usually do, though I put this mostly down to the fact that, in the cases of most of my characters, I’m starting from a single idea and just running with it throughout their stories. The direction is always a killer for me; as long as I have a fairly concrete plot, which I do, I feel ready to tackle that mountain of words!

Or fall from halfway up said mountain. We’ll see what happens.



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5 responses to “Two Hours Until NaNoWriMo 2011

  1. Good Luck Felicity


  2. quillwielder

    Good Luck! I’m participating too!

  3. Good luck! I’m attempting NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, and have already realised that it’s going to be more difficult than I thought… But we love a challenge!

    … Have you really done 25,000 words already???

    • Thanks! :D and good luck to you also! … and a challenge is always good indeed, but I know what you mean! my first year, every thousand words was a massive struggle for me. I took ten days out, just not writing, but someone gave me a thorough going over, told me what was what and got me back in a good place. xD

      *Sweats* … heh, yeah. I … don’t really have much going on right now (unemployed/out of college), so I’ve been taking the chance to get ahead and give myself a bit of a challenge. Last year I made 50k in 6 or 7 days, so halving that this year!

  4. Thanks guys. ^^ good luck to both of you, also! :D

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