NaNoWriMo 2012 starts today. For the next 30 days, me, ElsaF, Trinalin, and thousands of others will attempt to churn out a 50,000 word novel. I’m a bit apprehensive, having only a hazy plot, no character names, and no opening scene. I do have a genre: Mystery/Psychological/Thriller; a location: London; a period; contemporary; and a protagonist who may or maybe not remind you of a certain person. *Cough.*
The organizers emphasize that this all about getting the words out. There is no over-thinking, no editing, and no rewriting, unless the author has spare time after pounding out 50,000 words. Coherency is not required, although it would be helpful for everybody concerned. If the result turns out to be a diamond, it can be offered up for publicity and hopefully published by a real publishing house. I harbor no such delusion, but hope to churn out at least a 30,000 word story fit to read. I don’t recall needing extensive rewriting on last year’s story (Thanks Servetus and Elsa!), but then it was a much shorter piece. I’ll install a word count widget and keep you posted on the project. Maybe ElsaF and Trinalin can also send along updates on their experiences.
My writing begins after work tonight.
For those of you considering this, you can start and stop at any time. Sign up at the site and jump right in. C’mon and join us. You know you want to.