Okay, y'all. I am hardcore dedicated to winning NaNo this year.
Thing is, I'm having that, "Oh my god, NaNo starts in a couple days and I don't even have a freaking OUTLINE ready!" moment.I attempted NaNo in 2009. I had an idea and probably lasted a week with it before I totally crapped out on the story.
In my defense, I had the early versions of Drew to contend with, and kept being drawn back to that story. And the NaNo story was kind of weak.
This year, I have a very strong idea, and I'm really excited to attack it. I've taken a few notes. I have the general plot that I want to follow in mind. And I'm not juggling novels. Sorta.
Trying to maniacally edit Janie and submit it to the agent I am hoping will maintain interest in the story, all before NaNo gets underway. I think I have the big edits done. Not that there was a lot to do. I threw out the first chapter and tweaked Chapter Two to become the opening chapter.
That was the biggest undertaking.
Now, I'm going through and making sure my chapters have more balanced girth. And I threw out the flashbacks that I was never in love with anyway. I'm reading through Janie and culling important information from the flashbacks and injecting them into the storyline here and there.
My brain, however, likes to shut down around this point. I like the writing. I can't concentrate on the mechanics, though.
So, I'm ignoring my need to procrastinate and attacking Janie to get her finished once again.
Now, back to NaNo.
WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING, SIGNING UP FOR THIS?????
What a month this is going to be. I may be bald from all the hair-tearing.
I can't even imagine a plan of attack, other than writing whatever pops into mind. I mean, the point isn't to have a neat story at the end of the month, right? It's just to have a damn story.
If I could get this finished, it would be the fastest novel I've ever written. I'd like to eclipse the 50K mark, but I don't know if I can manage that.
The organization is the challenge. That, and not annoying the crap out of MamaLu, sending her rough shit every night.
Lots of chocolate will be involved. Chocolate and caffeine. I suspect my ass will double in size by month's end.
I do intend to go the distance. I have to. I cannot accept less. I will have at least 50K by the time December first dawns.
Now, how the hell do I do that? Got any advice for crossing the finish line, writers and NaNo peeps?