Countdown To NaNoWriMo 2010!
Yes, today is the day I begin my countdown to 12:00 AM, November 1, 2010 PDT, the official start to this year’s NaNoWriMo. See the little countdown clock? The new tab at the top of the blog? 60 days remain until the greatest annual writing event in the history of mankind begins.
What is NaNoWriMo you ask? What’s wrong with you? Okay, for those who live in caves or need a quick refresher, let me explain. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a 50,000+ word novel during the month of November, starting from Midnight the morning of Nov. 1 to Midnight Nov. 30. Last year there were a staggering 167,150 participants and 32,178 winners. Don’t be left out!
Okay, before I go into my plans for this year’s NaNoWriMo, let me give some status updates. As you probably have noticed, I’ve been very inactive in blogging, blogfests, or even commenting on blogs. This is because I’ve been heads-down trying to finish the current revision of Steam Palace (which I wrote for NaNo 2009). I had targeted today to finish but it looks like I’m still 2-3 weeks out. I actually started this story last September, so I’ve now worked on it for a year. A whole year.
So here’s my plan for the rest of this year:
- “Finish” Steam Palace. At least get it into a state I can send to agents/editors.
- Send out queries for Steam Palace. Sell it. Become rich and famous.
- Plot out my NaNoWriMo novel.
- Write a new novel for NaNoWriMo.
- Use December to Plot out/finish The Immortals.
Now what is my plan for NaNoWriMo? What will I write? Well, I’m not 100% committed to what I’m about to tell you, but there are reasons I think I should write it. Here it is (draws breath): I am going to write a sequel to Steam Palace. I think this is my best plan. Having a completed first-draft on the shelf of a sequel may make Steam Palace I more sellable (notice that I’m going to refer to it as SP1 from now on). But the reason that I’m going to move on to a new project right after NaNo is that A) I will need a break after 15 months of almost nothing but Steam Palace, and B) The Immortals is a huge concept and needs attention badly.
This year’s NaNoWriMo is going to be challenging like no other. Here is the list of things that I also have scheduled during November:
- Nov. 6 – My wife’s 40th Birthday
- Nov. 19 – 21 – SteamCon!
- Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving. I always take the day off from NaNo.
- Nov. 28 – Seattle Marathon (as a course worker).
So basically throw away ~6 days of writing time leaving me with ~24 days to write this. (Note that last year I used 25 days). This is why I really need to plan this well. Also there are only 8 weekend days this year compared to 9 last year and 10 the year before.
So starting TODAY, I am beginning to gather notes and thoughts for Steam Palace II (SP2) while still working on SP1. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting updates and blogging about the outlining process, story creation, NaNo tips, etc, and working on my exciting NaNoWriMo Page. Stay tuned!