Quote of the day: "The more I wrote, the creepier I got." ~Joss Whedon
Song of the day: "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin
State of mind: Full of grandeur.
Date: Oct. 31st, 2008
What was I thinking? No. Seriously! What. The. Fu.... oh, I know. I was under some delusion that I could actually write a 50,000 word 175 page book in a month.
So this is insanity. It's not as bad as I thought it would be.
For those who are still sane, you might be wondering what it is I'm going on about. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month where other people of the same broken brain bent as I sign up to crank out a whole book before the end of November. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the first NaNoWriMo competition that included a whole 21 participants. According to the book No Plot No Problem by NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty only 6 made it to the 50,000 word finish line. This year 77,860 people have signed up. That's a lot of insanity. But if the math holds out about 25,953 will complete their fevered masterpiece. (Hopefully some folks by the names of stellar, b!x, and cabridges will be among the 25k+ to succeed.)
I have no clue if I will make it. I could fail by either waving the white flag early on in defeat or from not making the necessary word quota, although I have a feeling the word count won't be my problem. No... Based on past experience my main obstacles will be: procrastination fueled by some deluded idea that 50,000 words (which breaks down to about 1667 words a day for the 30 day month of November) won't take that long, so I'll put off starting each day and if I skip a day I'll be sure that I can make it up in just a few moments. (Wow. And here I am thinking that just today I went insane.) The other obstacle will be the lack of follow through. After a few days of being "too busy" to write and thinking I can make up the word count in one mad session of mad writing I'll realize it's a whole lot harder to crank out those daily 1667 words and after a wave of whelm passes overhead I'll throw in the towel and tell myself it doesn't matter because it wasn't for anyone else but me anyhow.
Or not. Or I could actually do this thang.
Anyone else want to give it a go? Still one day left to sign up! Join the crazy. It's pretty here.
Show quote of the day: " If you act drunk long enough, you get a REAL hangover."