Some people are dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating, taking their kids out, or staying home and handing out treats. Me, I’ve spent the day preparing for the big day: November 1st. NaNoWriMo. My first foray into this madness of writing a novel in a month with 300,000 other people. Am I ready? no. Not really, but at this point, I’m as ready as I am going to be. I’m as excited as if I were about to set out on an adventure along the Amazon River in a rowboat. Will there be alligators? I think they are crocodiles, right? I just don’t know. I haven’t had my shots! I don’t have enough sunblock. I’m not in proper shape. See? That’s how I feel.
Here’s what I have done, just so you don’t think I’m a complete idiot. I know I’m writing a dark thriller. I have an idea and most of the plot. I have several characters and their backgrounds sketched out. I know the time and place. I know the point of view. I know the first plot point and what happens before we get there (mostly).
I would feel way more comfortable if I had a log line, a beat sheet already worked out, and could just start writing tomorrow morning, following my map from point A to about point R, which should be about 50,000 words. And if I had put down my WIP on October 1 and worked all month on making that happen, maybe I would be there by now. But I didn’t. I kept working on The Illustrious Client, so that I’m on Chapter 11 (still!) and sorta kinda ready for tomorrow.
If I’m wired tonight instead of tired by midnight, I will join with other local WriMos online when the clock strikes 12 and pound out some words before I go to sleep.
What are you doing tonight? What about tomorrow?