We are one month away from Nanowrimo 2013, which means we are only one month away from me morphing into a crazy, word spewing, drooling lump of a human. Or at least that is what happened last year when I attempted to write 50,000 words in 30 days in November. Am I looking forward to it?
At least I think I am looking forward to it. Last year was sort of a train wreck–I will admit. I started off going strong. I was writing at least 1,600 words a day. I was diligent, prepared, punctual. But then I hit the week and a half mark, and I stopped. Full stop, stopped. I didn’t write a word until I crawled out of my hole of denial during day one of week four. WEEK FOUR.
It was that Monday when I realized that I only had 10,000 words written and five days left. So I pulled a couple of all-nighters, called in sick to work, and wrote like crazy. I wrote 30,000 words in a week, ten (thousand) of which were on the last day of Nanowrimo, but it wasn’t enough. So around 11:30pm, thirty minutes away from deadline, I threw in the towel.
So I packed up my sorry behind, crawled into the car, and drove from Tacoma to Portland where Kashi was. I got to our place around three in the morning. I have never seen Kashi so scared when he woke up to me standing over him in the dark. I think he hyperventilating for about twenty minutes.
That was Nanowrimo 2012. This is Nanowrimo 2013. Obviously I am hoping to finish this year. I am also hoping to be slightly less of a train wreck and to not basically take a two-week hiatus from writing in the middle of the month. The biggest difference this year is that for at least the first couple of weeks of Nano I will be in California helping my new sister Gita with her new baby. A lot of you know how much I love babies. Maybe I can use the infant as motivation?? No cuddling till after the word count for the day is completed?
Sounds like a plan! Babies.