It’s coming up. Right around the corner, in fact. I’ve never participated. Have any of you?
For those who are new to NaNoWriMo, on November 1st of every year begins a free writing program/contest/challenge where you commit to writing a 175-page, 50,000 word book by midnight, November 30th. I’m big on 30 day challenges, as you all know. November 30 is my birthday, as some of you know. And, for the last few years I felt that a book would be a neat thing to give myself as a birthday present.
I’ve opted out of doing it the last three years because I haven’t been able to think of anything to write about. No plot, no characters, no intrigue, no story. This year, however…is the same.
I’ve got nothing.
But, I have it on good authority that this should not deter me. When I found out last year that Jenny B. Jones occasionally stops by the casa de pancakes, I immediately shook her down for secrets.
She said write everyday.
I said I have nothing to write about.
She said that didn’t matter.
I said, au contraire, mon frère. (Yes, I know it’s the masculine form. Jenny can take it.)
She said, no, really. It all kind of works out in the end. Also, no excuses.
So, I’m thinking about doing NaNoWriMo. Thinking about it! I’m trying to be funny and pretend like I don’t care, but the fact I have ZERO to write about really makes me nervous and, try as I might, my personality makes it difficult for me to let it all work out. Can you imagine? I’ll end NaNoWriMo and it will be 175 pages of All work and no play makes Jules a dull girl.