Please Excuse Me While I Go Work On My Novel

Don't worry, I'm not writing THIS novel by hand.

It’s that time of year again. Time for NaNoWrimo. For those of you that don’t know about NaNoWrimo (and didn’t read last year’s blog post about it), it is a “contest” where participants spend the month of November writing at 50,000 word novel. The focus of writing a novel in such a short period of time is on quantity over quality.

I’ve flirted with the idea of participating in NaNoWrimo ever since I learned about the competition back in my early college days. I’ve had many attempts, but zero completions (which would, incidentally, make me a terrible quarterback). Writing a novel has always been on my list of things to do ever since I started making lists of things to do. (So is getting a driver’s license, but I’ll save that story for a different post). I wrote one novel in the seventh grade, but that lone novel is getting pretty lonely. Plus, I lost it. It’s time to add another novel to my repertoire.

But, I say that every year. And just like every other year, my dance card is nearly full for the month of November. And am I really going to write on Thanksgiving? During a Green Bay Packers game? Maybe not, but something feels different about this year’s challenge.

So what’s so different about this year? For starters, I actually like my storyline. The words are just flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup. The story practically writes itself. I’d love to tell you all about the plot, but I do have a superstition about giving away a story before I write it. Because that alleviates the need to tell the story!

Another reason I’m going to finish this year is that I’m not getting any younger. I’ve always wanted to write a novel. So now is as good of a time as any other to write it. As my good friend always says to me, “Don’t talk about it, be about it!” So, I’m going to be about it and write this darn novel if it’s the last thing I do. I realize that finishing will take serious Dedication! Sacrifice! and Beer! But, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I WILL FINISH THIS NOVEL!

Finally, this time around, I’m chronicling my NaNoWriMo writing adventures in a series of articles in the book section of the Huffington Post. I volunteered to answer questions about the writing process and the progress of my novel. Each week, my answers will be posted along with the answers of six other writers. That will keep me in check and on track. After all, I don’t want to look like more of a buffoon on the interwebs.

That all being said, I have a lot of work to do. 6046 words down, 43,954 to go. Please excuse me while I go work on my novel.

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