Friday, October 17, 2008

It's Coming...

...National Novel Writing Month is a scant 2 weeks from tomorrow.

Are you participating?

I stopped onto the NaNo site last night and caught up with my old writing pals from last year--people I see once a year to write with. The last 2 years, I've used NaNo to write to different sides of the same story and have worked on combining those stories into one book this year. It is far from finished. I've just been working on cutting and pasting and so far I'm up to chapter 7 of my book, with plans for 18 chapters and an epilogue. I thought I would like to get it cutand pasted together before starting this year's NaNo, but every time I sit to work on it, I feel a wash of despair.

Why? I'm not really sure. I have it planned out. I think the story is excellent. I've got a lot of people desperately interested in reading it. I just can't seem to seal the deal.

So my goal for October is to try and get it done. I have 2 weeks. I want those chapters cut and pasted together, regardless of how crappy they sound. And then I will move on to this year's book on November 1.

My Facebook is burning up with messages from fellow NaNo'ers, and i've been getting PMs on the NaNo site for meet ups already going on to plot and chart and plan our upcoming tomes.

This year's book will be a fun romp through the Civil War in Virginia, the story of one brave little Yankee who nearly brought down the Union Army. It will take place in and around Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Culpeper. My working title is Pep Goes to War. There aren't enough comedies written about the Civil War, and I aim to fix that this year.

So, 30 days, 50,000 words, the madness begins in 2 weeks. So grateful it's in November this year, I'm proving to need the distraction. Who's with me!?

1 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Melissa said...

Yes, you'll def need the disratction! :)
Good luck! :)