Alright, a few months back I tried following the instructions of a book called 'First Draft in 30 Days'.
The novel I was working on (and am still working on) turned out to be far too complicated for that set up, so the plan fell by the wayside.
I heard a little about National Novel Writing Month last year on NPR.
This year, I heard about it again, but this time it was in time to actually do something about it. I went and did some reasearch and this sounds like way too much fun to stay out of.
The plan is to 50,000 words in 30 days. You have complete permission to suck. You are to choose something fun to write about that won't get you too hung up. Then write, write, write. And get all sorts of people to support you in your mad endevor.
Have I mentioned the insane amount of support involved? Seems like there are groups getting together for this every twenty miles in Central Texas. Last year Austin placed *third in the world* for word count. People are quite keen to do better this year (!?!) I will be attending 'NaNo' write-ins in Austin, San Marcos and possibly Lockhart. The official website has a forum to ask for help and get kicks in the pants.
Speaking of kicks in the pants, the 'kit' includes 'Onerosity' Cupons for your friends and loved ones to fill out with horrible things you agree to do if you don't meet your word counts. So far, David has me signed up to eat a salad without dressing and my Father has me signed up to say something nice about W. Other cupons are out and I'm awaiting worse tasks. . .
So, this Halloween I will not be attending my usual showing of the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'; I'll be counting down 'till 12am, November 1st when I'll have to have 1,667 words down by the following midnight.
Anyone who wants in on this, I'd be more than happy to help with your support group.
Anyone who wants to help me would be greatly appreciated.
Wish me luck!