Sorry about last week. I completely forgot about my post since I was wandering around an abandoned fish processing plant. I would have preferred to be here with y’all instead.
I debated over whether to take part in NaNo this year. I participated in 2007 with no success, again in 2009 when I wrote Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous. I hit my 50k words and took a break from it, finishing it the following spring and getting it published this year.
Last year, I beat NaNo by a whole month, writing my erotica, Immortal Danger, in October. That was 84k words in 28 days. This book is the one that landed my agent. I did miss NaNo though, because I liked logging in and seeing how my friends were doing.
The purpose of NaNo is to put the words down. You can do this at any point in the year (as I did), but knowing other people watch your word counts and are there to cheer you on helps when you’re stuck. Does it matter if you paint yourself into a corner? Not really since it’s a rough draft. Does it matter if you forgot what color eyes your hero has? Nah. You can fix that. Just get those words down, my friends. Pound away at the keyboard with all the determination in your soul and write, write, write!
And now for the NaNo theme song. I don’t know if it’s the actual theme song for the contest, but it should be. It’s my theme song at least and when I hear it, I keep thinking “Just write 2k a day, just 2k…and you can do it”. If you can write more…go for it! I’ll be right there alongside you, doing my speed-typing thing and making a mess of my manuscript until I decide it sucks and rewrite it. But I’ll be there!