Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

I've started getting ready for NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writing Month for you non-writer types), working on things like plot outlines and character sketches, so that I can spend every spare minute typing like a crazy person during the month of November. During NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That's 1,667 words a day. If you do as I do and take Sundays off (and, being realistic, Thanksgiving) that's 25 days at 2000 words a day. That's a little bit crazy, especially if you have distractions like a job that pays real money or a family that wants food and acknowledgement. Now nobody said those 50,000 words a day have to be wonderful (I can edit in December). They just have to be written or typed somewhere other than in my head. There's already plenty of interesting stuff floating around my brain. Some of it needs to GET OUT where it can be useful. So anyway, I'm gearing up for NaNoWriMo and just for kicks I hopped over to the NaNo website to see what's going on. They have this store with lots of merchandise sporting the logo, and while I'm kind of over the whole dark-T-shirt-with-words-on-it thing (strangers staring at my chest? No thanks.), I did find something I MUST HAVE! See the picture in the top left of this blog post? That's more than just a bracelet. It's a 2 GB USB jump drive disguised as a bracelet. How cool is that? I can literally wear my work-in-progress as a fashion accessory. And I guess it's smart to back up everything I write.