Yay! NaNoWriMo is one of the most insane-yet-exhilerating things I’ve done, certainly as a writer. Maybe as a person. Writing 50,000 words in a month is a lot. This year, I did it the smart way and paced myself. Last year, I wrote 15,000 words in four days, gave up on the book as a lost cause and abandoned it for 2 1/2 weeks, and then picked it up again with only 6 days to go.
Fortunately, those 6 days occurred over Thanksgiving, which we spent at my sister-in-law’s house. You know the part about how you wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and then bolt your food to go hide in the corner and be anti-social so you can write? That was my tactic last year.
This year, I didn’t sign up the day before the contest started, I actually had an outline, and it went better and faster. I think I actually have a rough draft of something I can use. 50,000 words is only 1/2 a novel, so we’ll see in a couple of months if that turns out to be true!