Monday, December 27, 2010

Why the hell not?!

Do you know how many times I've started NaNoWriMo? 4. Four times. Do you know how many times I've finished NaNoWriMo? 0. Zero times. Because something always comes up and November is a really busy month if you're a mom. You can think that's an excuse but whatever to you, for me it's true. This November we went to Perth for Maja and Jason's wedding. How am I supposed to cram a 50K word novel into a vacation month? Plus all the school concerts, and xmas prep and play dates and other stuff? So you know what? November is bad month for me to be taking on such a challenge. You know what's a better time?? January!

Yes, January will be my NaNoWriMo as it's a novel writing month, it doesn't mean that month has to be November. Just a month. And January has 31 days! The kids are off school are are content to leave me alone if I put on a DVD. Now is the best time! Why should I beat myself up because I'm always struggling to make the quotas in November - November is a sucky month for me! Maybe in 10 years it'll be different but for now, suckville. January - now we're talking. Much more leisurely time. I'm in better control of time management, all the good TV shows are in rerun and rewards are plentiful as it's Summer!! Make my quota; hit the beach.

I did tarry with the idea of doing three in a row. First novel by Jan 31st., one week off to plan book two then hit book 2 for 30 days (Feb 8th - Mar10th) one week off to plan next one and then plunge into the final book (Mar 17th - Apr 16th) That's three novels in three months. Then I'd spend the next 2 quarters of the year fleshing, cutting and editing. By this time next year, I could have 3 completed novels and an ulcer. What better way to overcome my anxiety than that kind of deep end?

For now I'll content myself with January. But the crazy person within loves the three book plan. It's already creating people.