So for those of you who don’t know NaNoWriMo is happening next month. NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month – is an event where writers attempt to pen 50,000 words in 30 days. An entire novel written – beginning, middle, end, full-formed characters, details, and worlds all – in one month, no cheats, no thinking, people just write to write. It is fun and intense and very soon. Or so I’ve been told. I’ve known a few people who’ve lived through it and told the tale of craziness. I’ve wanted to try it out for a few years now and last year I was getting really serious but then I wasn’t able to do it because of a prior vacation. So I swore I’d do it ‘next year’, as in 2012, as in this upcoming November which starts in less than 20 days.
But, as fate would have it, I’m actually going on vacation again in the beginning of next month. Because of this shindig, I’d miss nine – NINE – whole days of writing (which calculates into roughly 15,000 words that I would be behind in the daily chart of craziness I devised). I am planning on bringing a notebook but, let’s face it, even if I did write in the notebook daily and even if I did manage to write 1,666+ words per day I’d still have to take a day (or two) to transcribe all those words onto the computer and still write enough words to make quota for those particular days as well. (Did that make sense? I feel like I’m rambling today, but it might be because I’m sick and, so, not up to my usual par. Regardless…)
Why, oh cruel world, are you against me? I jest, of course. I’m looking forward to this little vacation of mine but it’s just bad luck that it clashes with the NaNoWriMo event.
So now I’m faced with a decision.
Should I or shouldn’t I?
I wanted to take this opportunity to really go out of my comfort zone, to write something I’m not usually writing, to possibly jump into the sub-categories of fantasy and sci-fi I haven’t yet explored and see what I pull out of my hat. (I have never, for example, tried my hand at historical fantasy, steampunk, apocalyptic , magic realism, superhero, dark fantasy or romance. Heck I could even use this time to work on the novella series I wanted to write. Or write some Literature instead.) I wanted to try something different. I wanted to try this NaNo craziness out.
But do I have enough time to do this? Will I be able to write enough to complete this goal? Will I be able to make up for the ‘lost days’? Will I be able to juggle everything?
I haven’t the slightest idea.
So I ask you, oh great blogosphere, what would you do?