Am I ready for year #1 of NaNo? Undoubtedly not. Am I still going ahead with it? You betcha!
No turning back. I’ve already told nearly everyone I know that I’m doing this. Just yesterday, as I was going out to our mailbox in the rain, a friend drove up, and from within the shelter of her vehicle, handed me an envelope with my name on it. Inside was a list of books and articles dealing with the historic town I’m basing my NaNo story on. Can’t beat that kind of friendship, even if I was drenched! I was all good with it, until she told me that as soon as the book was written that she wanted to read it. See, I figure, even I don’t want to read it on December first. It will be SUCH a rough draft, and I know some AWFUL writing, that I won’t want to look at it for a few months. All I’m planning on doing during NaNo is pumping out words. Yes, I do have a story (plot) and some characters to go with that story. But ANYONE can come up with a story and characters. Everyone is surrounded by both all the time. What I want is for it to be good writing before anyone looks at it. It’s more about the craft than the words — except during NaNoWriMo, when it’s ONLY about the words. Oh, what a pull.