nano (lite) 2019

Happy first day of NaNoWriMo 2019! (Or for those of you not doing it, happy first day of November!)

I’m only sort of doing NaNo this year. I’m out of the country on a family trip for two weeks this November, and I know that if I try to do 50k words, I’ll either burnout or fail or both. I know myself well enough to know that I won’t be able to sustain consistent word count while abroad and while having a lot of family time.

I don’t want to come to the chair with dread—I want to want to come to the chair every day. Which isn’t to say that I think that getting the words in is easy. But even on hard days, when I can’t get my brain to focus and putting down even one word is like pulling teeth, even when I’m distracted or swamped in other details, what I want to do is write.

But just because I can’t do NaNo proper doesn’t mean I can’t do NaNo at all. The things I love about this event are the community, the support, and the momentum that comes from that upswell of enthusiasm. That doesn’t go away just because I can’t count up the words to 50k.

So instead, this year I’m doing a light version of NaNo. My goal is to write 10k words towards this project (working title: “the thing with the crocodiles”) I’ve been musing on for the last several months.

I’m trying out the C. L. Polk method of organizing by not organizing in the beginning stages of novel planning. I’m letting myself just ramble and stream-of-consciousness record the things I’ve been thinking about. I started this morning, and even though the stuff I have is nebulous, it feels good to get it out of my head and into a word pile on the paper.

Between the braindump and the first couple chapters, I think I should be able to get to 10k. Hopefully before the trip.

Are you doing NaNo this year?

(P.S. I really like the logo design this year.)