I’ve always been aware of, and interested in, the concept behind NaNoWriMo. For non-writerly people, National Novel Writers Month is a push for participants to complete a novel—the pre-set goal being 50,000 words—in a month.
I love the push, the camaraderie, the excitement. But I’ve never “signed up,” so to speak. I was always a fringe participant.
This year my promotional agency has created a schedule for me in 2011, 2012, and into early 2013. I am expected to put out six books—3 each in both an adult mystery and a young adult fantasy series. This will be good for me, and I’m incredibly excited about it. Maggie, my mystery heroine, and Echo, my fantasy minstrel heroine, are going to be really busy.
And so am I! I’ve always written quickly, but my worst habit is probably getting wrapped up in “fixing,” which often results in manuscripts landing under the bed or lagging in semi-completion while I fuss. With the NaNoWriMo hounds at my heels, and the promotional gremlins growling at the door, I’ll be forced to do better.
Let us all invoke, draw upon, and celebrate Captain Mal’s Wisdom… yea, verily, the mighty Joss Whedon shall guide us!