Thanks for the support and encouragement! I have decided to do NaNo this year, and thanks to Becky, I have a fun idea: I'm writing about gypsies. Not just any gypsies, but a reluctantly psychic gypsy who finds an old diary and considers abandoning her mother.
Despite the amount of grading I have to get caught up on this week, I started NaNo with a bang yesterday. I wrote today as well, and my total word count is over 4,300.
A few things that are making NaNo easier than it's been in the past:
1. I've discovered the beauty of coffee shop writing. I camped out at Starbucks yesterday while waiting for my dear husband to be done with work, and again today with a good friend. Since this is a book I'm not too serious about, the noise and chatter of a coffee shop blend together to create my soundtrack. Usually, I can't focus unless it's silent, but it's NaNo: who needs to focus? I'm just doing this for fun.
2. Along with writing away from home, I have changed up my computer. Instead of my beloved desktop, I'm working on my little netbook. Because it is so small, I resist the temptation to play around on the internet when I'm writing on it: it's too much trouble to connect and surf on a keyboard that hurts my wrists.
3. Friends! I've recruited a number of folks, and it's so good knowing that we're all in this together. I will definitely try to attend some of the official regional write-ins if my schedule allows, but for now it's enough to know that there are a number of other brilliant women (and one brilliant brother) plodding away at their own novels this month.
4. Not taking myself so seriously. This is a biggie: for so long, I have been writing and polishing with an eye toward publication, and I think I may have something that will work. I'm not approaching NaNo with the same mentality, however: this is my break month, my just for fun words on the page. If I write something that is worth working on, I may polish it up and see what happens, but if I don't, that's ok. It's good to be writing just for the pleasure of stringing words together and creating worlds and characters, and it takes my mind of the submission process I'm in with Book 1 of the YA fantasy trilogy. Writing should be fun, and NaNo is reminding me of that.
So what's your NaNo project? Stay motivated: 28 days to go!