National Novel Writing Month – I’m Jumping In

I just signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m s-o-o-o-o excited.

NaNoWriMo begins November 1st. It’s touted as “Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon!” How can I resist?

I’ve written three other novels which are at various stages of resting and revision. But they weren’t written under pressure. I noodled around with them for months. They’re layered and complicated and have some trajectory problems – I think.

I’m hoping NaNoWriMo will force me to write quickly and linearly. And I’m anxious to see if the ticking clock and butt-in-chair motivation will keep some of my trajectory issues from creeping in.

But if you need an even better explanation as to why writers might subject themselves to such pressure, read Alegra Clarke’s “Writing With the Bulls.”

In the meantime, I’m doing a little outlining, brainstorming and all that honeymoon-stage prep.

If you’re signed up too, here’s some great advice:

If you’re in this with me, please buddy me. I’m “JFReidy.” If not, wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.