30 Days in the Hole

It’s the beginning of October. That means I have less than a month until NaNoWriMo. And if I want to get past the 500 word count… I should have started planning months ago. But I never do. And I probably never will.

For those of you uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The word count goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. That seems like quite a lot but it breaks down to 1,667 words per day. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to get written. The first draft is never supposed to be good. I remember someone on Twitter once comparing the first draft of a novel or story to Lego bricks in barf. And then something about picking the lego bits out of the barf. I forget the exact wording, I saw it in my Timehop and it won’t be back around for another year.

So far I’ve never won a NaNo. I think my best year was 21,000 words. My worst was a few hundred words because my mental health decided it was a good time to say fuck you word making center of my brain. But I keep participating.

I went back through my Dreamwidth account and tried to fill in the gaps on my NaNo profile. There were stories I’d started for NaNo that I’d completely forgotten about until now. Most of them I still like the ideas of and may even look at poking at again at some point.

Let’s see what this November brings. Now I just need to find my muses.

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