Harbingers of the season

Harbingers of the season

It's that time of year again.  The sun goes down a little earlier, drug store aisles are filled with cheap Halloween costumes and candy, the break room at work is filled with people's surplus tomatoes and zuccini, and the Spiced Pumpkin Latte is back at Starbucks. You know what that means. That's right: it's noveling season. 

Registration for National Novel Writing Month is open. The site looks great, and I didn't notice any lag issues at all when I registered last night. The best news is that October 31 is a Friday this year, so we can start at 12:00:01 on Saturday morning and get a solid head start without worrying about having to get up and go to work. A good sprint early on can make all the difference during the dreaded Week Two Doldrums.

This will be my fifth NaNoWriMo. I mentioned before that I failed miserably the past two years, something I don't intend to repeat this year.  The thing is… I don't have a plan this year.  I have no idea what I'm going to write. My two previous 'wins' were outlined, note-carded, fully populated worlds, and I just don't have a story in my head to do all of that around right now. Since this year I'm all about trying new things to see what works, I'm thinking I might just do a tiny bit of world building, create a couple of characters, completely ignore things like plot in my planning, and see what comes out when I start typing on November 1. 

This gives me a hard date by which to have the new website up.  NaNo will take up all of my spare cycles (I will also still be in school, it's Election season, and we're hosting Thanksgiving for my extended family for the first time in my life) so if the website isn't done by the end of October then it won't be until the end of the year. 

I hit a little snag in the website development, in that I basically had to scrap a very well-formed plan and start over last week — but I got most of it sorted out today and I'm back on track.  I am excited about it. 

The only actual writing I've done recently (apart from blog posts) has been to add a few words to that story on my phone. Strangely, I do not feel like a complete loser for taking this hiatus.  I hope that the end result will be renewed vigor and enthusiasm for storytelling, just in time to crank out a novel. 

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