Countdown to Panic Stations

It’s 4 pm. Just 8 hours to go until the madness and mayhem that is NaNoWriMo. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the blogosphere you’ll know that this stands for National Novel Writing Month. Heck, you probably know of someone who is attempting it, or has done it in one or more of the previous 11 NaNos.

The rules are simple. Over the next 30 days, thousands of masochists writers will torture challenge themselves by committing to write an entire 50,000 word novel by the end of November. Writers can plan and outline as much as they like beforehand, but can’t start writing until midnight on the 1st of November, and must verify that they have completed at least 50,000 words of their first draft by midnight on November 30.

Here’s where I’m at:

  • Registered at nanowrimo.org – check
  • Collected a few writing buddies – check (although I’m always interested in adding more. If you’re also crazy brave enough to participate, look up ‘Aspiring Scribbler’)
  • Outlined a plot – check (in my head at least – I should probably get it down on paper before I start!)
  • Profiled key characters – check (even though some have ‘short lists’ of potential names, but no final decision on which one to use yet)
  • Built up a believable fictional town to set the story in – check

Still to do:

  • Get the plot outline down on paper
  • Make final selection of the names of some characters
  • Count down to midnight!

So…will you be joining me for a month of mad creating?

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