Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Writing Season!

You can tell by the shadow that there aren't leaves left
on the tree. They're symbolic of the ideas that I'm using
in this year's NaNoWriMo novel.
NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Updates from this point through November will concern the new novel I'm writing and the progress therein. It may be that I'll post more than Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or it may be that I don't post that often or if I do it may not be on any sort of schedule whatsoever.

Welcome to my New World.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), if you're in Lawrence, Kansas, I will be appearing with my friends and cohorts from the Confabulator Cafe at the Lawrence Public Library's NaNo kickoff, the details whereof you can find by making the clicky here. It promises to be fun. If you live close by and you're interested please do come down and help make us insecure writer-types feel interesting and welcomed.

So - back to my New World.

I'm in a new job at a new company for the first time in 22 years and I'm good with that. It just means that (being the new guy) I get to learn everything about my job and on the job's schedule rather than my own. I was very comfortable in the Old World and I had - and was able to make - time to pursue my NaNo objectives. Every year was slightly more ambitious. Can't do that this year so that's my big challenge: to make NaNo objectives that are achievable and still tap all the energy I found last year.

That's a tall order, hombre.

But I can do it. Here are my goals:


  • 50,000 words by the end of November. (duh, that everyone's goal in November.)
  • I'd like to average 2,000 words per day when I can write. 
  • I'd like to write every day
  • Have a Zero Draft of the novel (100,000 words!) done by December 31st.
These seem like modest goals. I think I can do this. Actually, I'm pretty sure I can do this. It's going to happen because, dammit, I'm a capital-W Writer.