This year will mark my eighth foray into the wild world of NaNoWriMo, and it will be my sixth year as an ML. The latter is more incredible to me, as it really does not seem like it has been that long.
This year is also a particularly good year for it, as far as the calendar is concerned. There are five full weekends in NaNo this year. That means one third of NaNo is weekends, and to me, that is insanely awesome.
Which really wants me to go big or go home this year. Well, considering where and how I do my writing, that really means going big at home. As I’ve been a real slack-ass as far as writing is concerned this year, I also want to make up for it. You know, not have my total word count for the year still hovering sadly around 20k words. (I know, I know)
I’ve got two novel ideas that I could work on, which helps quite a bit. I have done NaNo before where I made up my second (okay, let’s be honest: and first) novel idea during NaNo, and I just don’t think it works out as well.
There is also the fact, though, that giving NaNo my all like this, putting everything else aside (including, at least sometimes, sleep) is getting harder and harder. I don’t want to pull the “getting old” card, because I’m not getting old, but I think that kind of manic focus and ultimate determination, including the sacrifice of sleep, is something I could do a lot better when I was in my early twenties.
Every year, sleep and other things becomes more important.
So there is a chance, and not a small one, that this NaNo will be my last big hurrah. Not that I won’t keep doing it; plans right now are definitely to do so. But this very well could be the last year that I shoot for six digits, or for so much on Day One. Hopefully part of the reason is that I become a more dedicated writer year-round, so that I have a lot more going on in general and with writing in specific.
And this is my last big hurrah, I want it to be a damn good one.
So! Who else is excited about NaNo and already starting preparations? And what are you thinking for your NaNo this year?