Ready, Set! NaNoWriMo 2013 (A.K.A. What Have I Gotten Myself Into?)

I’m going to enjoy today.

I’m going to pass out candy to Trick or Treaters.  I’m going to eat my sandwich from Subway.  I going to squeeze in some TV time before getting some sleep.

Because after midnight, it’s November 1-it’s the first day of NaNoWriMo.

Which means (come tomorrow), I get an entire month of living off of caffeine and leftover Halloween candy while I stay up late and write a story.  Or at least 50,000 words worth of one.  All for the sake of saying “I wrote a story!” and calling it good.

Yeah, I agree it’s a little crazy and probably not the best idea when you’re working full time, going to church, prepping for a craft show, keeping up with a blog, and trying to finish the other novels you’ve been working on for the past decade.  Oh-and let’s not forget the upcoming Holiday season.  Guess who usually cooks Thanksgiving dinner?

Well, it’s actually my mom…but I do the dishes afterwards.  Sometimes that can be just as grueling as cooking.

But then again, when are things not hectic?  Life’s like a roller coaster.  You certainly can’t cruise along on one of those.  If I can’t write now, then when is a good time?

So this year I’m attempting it.  I’m writing a new story for NaNoWriMo and am going to try and finish it in a month’s time.  I’m not feeling too terribly confident in my ability to meet the deadline (again, my first novel has been a work-in-progress for 10 years.  A freaking decade!), but at the same time I’m excited about the thought of writing simply for the adventure of it.  And I won’t be alone-over 100,000 people will be joining me!  From the excitement of a new story to the feeling of encouragement and support from the community, NaNoWriMo won’t be just an event-it’ll be an adventure!  And this year, I’ll be a part of it.

So for those of you who are NaNoWriMo veterans, cheers to you and good luck with writing yet another story!  And for those of you who are like me and are completely new and have absolutely no idea what you’re getting yourself into, cheers to you as well!  We’ll all probably be exhausted and dreaming about plot holes in our sleep, but at least we’ll be telling our own tale and sharing our love of writing with the world.

I plan on regularly updating the blog as I’ve been doing and I may throw in a few NaNoWriMo updates as well.  What I hope is that any lessons I learn about trying to write a novel in a month, I’ll be able to share on here.  So stay tuned!

And before I go and finish that Subway sandwich, I just want to send a big thank you to all the readers who have been checking A Study of Story out!  It feels so very humbling seeing people read, like, and follow this blog and I am extremely grateful that you are taking time out of your busy schedules to read what I have to write.  You have no idea how encouraging that is, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you for it.

Cheers and God bless, and Happy NaNoWriMo!

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