Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012!!

It's that time again! Since I'm not working outside the house right now, and I'm not in school, I've decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I'm hoping to secure another win, too, since I have so much time on my hands. No excuses this time--assuming my issues don't get in the way--for not finishing it. And you know, I'm really looking forward to and that's saying a lot right now. I'm pretty stormy-in-the-head right now, so being hyped about anything is a pretty huge thing.

And what's better, I actually have an idea. I have no idea if it'll work, but I'm hoping so. My first concern about said idea is that I have no idea how to classify it, that is, none of the genres seem to be the right one. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Strangely, I think chick lit might be close, even though the book will be very (and I cannot stress the very enough) loosely based on Dante's Inferno. At this point I have a setting (a university), characters, and themes (the journey, romance, bildungsroman), but sadly no plot. I know what I want to happen, but that doesn't exactly translate to plot. It's been my experience that seeing something in your head doesn't mean you can make it work outside your head. Or at least, I have that particular problem. So, with just a little more than 24 hours to go, I'm thinking I may just let the inmates run the asylum this NaNoWriMo and give my characters (and my mind) free reign to let the story develop however it sees fit.

With all that in mind, I think I'm going to try to attend some write-in events this year. I found out that there's a NaNoWriMo group in my town and that they're having events, so I'm going to try to go. Matt works tomorrow night, so I may have to catch a ride to the kick-off party. It's from 10pm - 6am or whenever everyone is gone. I've been struggling a bit with the idea of going to a perfect stranger's house, in the middle of the night on Halloween, alone, but I found out a guy we know in town is also going which, surprisingly, makes me feel better. So, we'll see. It'll be a matter of whether or not I can get the car (if not, they've offered me a ride) and whether or not I can win the battle with my agoraphobia/social anxiety just long enough to get there. Again, we'll see. I would hate to miss the opportunity to meet new people, even if it is the middle of the night, just because I'm afraid to leave my house without my husband.

So what about you, plan to NaNo this year?


  1. I don't know if I'll do it. I'm still bogged down in the middle of my previous project and technically we're supposed to start a NEW project for NaNoWriMo but I can't skip to a new one while bogged down in this one. I was hoping to have this project done by November 1st, but I had to give my brain a rest in October for a bit.

    SO, I have about 2 hours and 15 minutes to make up my mind (ha ha) and I may just "cheat" by continuing the project i'm on now and only counting the words i write from here on out. Or maybe I won't do it. I really can't make up my mind.

    I checked out the board for the local NaNoWriMo group and it's the same shit as usual -- mostly mommies saying, "Tee hee hee, I'm a mommy. My kids are this age and this age and I have to take them trick or treating so I'll be starting NaNo late. Tee hee hee!" Late? Just because you might start tomorrow instead of at midnight? *eyeroll* Is it too much to ask for some serious writers and not just bored house-mommies looking to make new friends to join the NaNo group? *shrug*

  2. I hope you decided to do it, even if you "cheat" and work on an already started project. (Shhh, don't tell anyone I advocated cheating!)

    Our group here is a nice bunch. From what I can tell they're all without children. Or, at least everyone I met tonight seems to be. The couple who hosted the event are child free (so far) and the others who came were mostly college students. Nice girls, though.

  3. Maybe that's it -- I just need to hang out on the college campus to find some non-military housemommies to write with!!

    If I could find some decent writing buddies, I would have hosted a write-in at work on weekends, but I don't want them all to bring their kids!

    I really love the web badges this year -- much better than the last year or two, I think! Of course, now I don't have a blog! Funny!

    So how many words have you written so far? It's been like 17.5 hours already!