National Novel Writing Month

Less than 10 hours until the madness that is NaNoWriMo begins on the west coast of the US. For those of you who haven't heard of this already, the concept is that you have 30 days (November 1-30) to bang out a 50,000 word novel (technically a novella). The mathematically inclined will quickly point out how that works out to be a little less than 1,667 words a day. Blows the mind.

I've been thinking pretty hard about doing it for the last few weeks. I started a mind map and framed out most of the protagonists and the majority of the plot. I don't think I'm going to do it though. The smart thing to do would be to not waste all my free time for the next week trying. I'm lucky if I can bang out the rough draft for a 1,000 word essay in a weekend, no less two of them in a day, every day, for a month.

But who knows. Maybe after the Halloween dance tonight, I'll get caught up in all the excitement and break down and open up Word and bang out a few sentences. My girlfriend got very excited when I mentioned it offhandedly a few weeks ago so she's definitely going to go for it. I think just getting someone else involved in the project should marginally offset the fact that I'm not actually going to do it, right?

If all else fails, I might try and do it in January or February. Next quarter is looking a little easier than now. No English classes, just math, chemistry, and programming.

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