Today was the first day, after signing up, that I really felt nervous about the impending trek up the mountain that is National Novel Writing Month. Still, it wasn’t the word count or the time investment that is giving me the jitters. It’s my story!
Will it work? Does it make any sense? Can I even keep it interesting for the first 1,600 words let alone 50,000?! I’m looking at writing a comedy sci-fi and I’m nervous about the comedy turning soft and gimmicky. I also don’t want the lolz to get shoved aside and the novel to turn into, *Dramatic Chipmunk music*, a generic sci-fi.
I have contemplated switching stories, making it something I’m better at. Like, I dunno, an extremely long blog post about how much I like cats or the show Warehouse 13. I could be a “rebel” for my first NaNo, right? But alas, could I look at myself in the mirror come December 1st? I submit to you I could not.
So, I soldier on. Come November 1st, I will be looking at the first 1,500 words (haha….get it?) of my novel, Title Pending.
Besides, while the hike might be difficult at first the satisfaction of getting up there just can’t be beat.
What are your thoughts heading into this, if you’re participating? Are you ready for the climb yet, or are you still trying to untangle the rope from last year when you just shoved it in your backpack? Sound off in the comments!
- NaNoWriMo (lyssaproctor.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo – Man of the Seven Spears (sahmataineking.com)
- Writer Wednesday – Interview with Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo) (writermummy.wordpress.com)