Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 • 4 Comments on A Novel Idea
Where has the time gone? No, seriously. Where? I don’t mean since I last blogged, though it does feel like Friday the 13th was yesterday. But yesterday was Tuesday the 16th and there were some other days before that, though I can’t recall how I spent them. October is slip, slip, slipping away…
Which means November is around the corner. November! Thanksgiving. Turkey. Pie. Parades. Christmas shopping. Sheri. NaNoWriMo.
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I participated in the book-in-a-month challenge for the first time in 2003 and failed miserably. I think I managed around 15,000 words before I quit mid-month due to illness and holiday stuff. Undaunted, I joined up again in 2004 and completed most of a novel, making the 50,000 word goal in an amazing eighteen days and writing another 6,000 words before taking the last week of November off to hang with Sheri. I skipped NaNoWriMo last year due to my academic workload, reasoning that I needed to work on research papers more than I needed yet another unedited, mostly finished novel languishing on my hard drive.
So, here we are at the threshold of this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. I’ve signed up at the site, but I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to writing a book in November. I’m still finding it hard to believe I wrote 50,000 words in eighteen days in 2004. Where did I find the energy, much less the time? Sheesh. Plus, I don’t have an idea yet. I vaguely recall having a possible novel idea a few months back when I was obsessing over Lilith and thinking to myself it would be perfect for NaNoWriMo, but I have absolutely no recollection of it now.
There’s still time to come up with an idea. Not that I don’t have a few novel ideas floating around in my brain, but this project requires a certain amount of energy that can only be sustained by a fresh, new idea. Hmm. I feel like I’m talking myself out of this even as I’m writing these words.
I guess we’ll see in thirteen days whether I’ll be up for another round of NaNoWriMo madness. As if I need more madness in my life…