November is officially National Novel Writing Month! I never thought I’d be someone who participated in NaNoWriMo…writing with wild abandon, forgetting about my rule to “edit as I go” and letting my fingers fly, never seemed appealing to me. I have a rhythm that seems to work so I go with it.
I’m not a test taking person.
I tend to freak when there’s a time limit set on me. And nothing says pressure like 50,000 words in 30 days.
Yet here I am.
I’m officially giving NaNoWriMo a shot.
And it’s not because I’ve lost my mind, although some might be inclined to argue otherwise.
It’s because I’ve made a HUGE mistake. I signed up for the Golden Heart Contest hosted by Romance Writers of America…only I made the mistake of signing up my CURRENT work-in-progress instead of Enemy, Beloved (the finished paranormal waiting to go out).
People unfamiliar with the contest might be wondering why this is such a mistake. Allow me to fill you in…
The manuscript has to be finished, polished, perfected, and received in Houston’s glorious offices no later than December 2nd, 2010. This means I have until the end of November to finish my novel. And as of this morning I’ve only written 30,000 words.
There are no refunds.
No going back. (No matter how many times I pound that Back arrow, the RWA site won’t forget about my error.)
I have to somehow manage to write, not 50,000 words like the crazy contest requires, but 60,000 words. And they can’t be unedited sloppy words. They’ve got to be good. Great. Intriguing enough to final me in the contest.
Come hell or high water, lack of sleep, endless nights, and pots and pots of coffee, NaNoWriMo, here I come.
I’ve got to blast the lid off this thing.
And I have no idea how the hell I’m going to do it.