This year I’ve decided to join a bunch of crazy writers who spend the entire month of November writing over 1600 words a day to get a 50,000 word novel out in a 30-day period. I have no illusions that I will actually get 50,000 words in 30-days. After all, I have a full-time job, a hubby, two kids still at home, a dog (who demands two or more walks a day), two cats, yadda, yadda, yadda. The list goes on and it sounds as though I’m already making excuses, but that’s not my style. I generally forego sleep to get my writing in so I will, for sure, write everyday. But my goal is a bit more modest: write everyday for a month to jumpstart my novel, The Strain, and at the end of the 30 days see where I am with it. I feel as though the entire story is just sitting on a shelf in the back of my brain, collecting a bit of dust, waiting to be downloaded to my computer. I need to give it the quick escape route and NaNoWriMo seems to be the quickest route available. So cheers to the organizers and away we go.
The working title of the novel is The Strain and the short synopsis goes something like this:
A pharmaceutical sales rep discovers that her company’s reverse-engineered vaccine touted as the gold standard in flu prevention doesn’t work.
Of course, it’s going to be a rough first run, a rougher than sandpaper draft, but I’m going to resist the internal editor, prop my discipline up with sandbags by the door, and keep writing for the whole of the month, not stopping to look around and not looking back until December 1 when I’ll pick through the remnants of thought, the fragments of plot, the illusory character analysis, and hopefully come up with a diamond in the rough amidst the cacophony of words and thoughts and deeds.
I’ll let you know how it all works out. Or you can follow my progress here.
And if you, too, are joining in this writing revelry, let me be the first to say, bon chance.