I’ve been jealous of so-called NaNo-ers for the past couple of years. I had never heard of NaNo until I had a baby (the cute, time intensive, pick-me-up-or-I’ll-cry all-night-long kind) and a brand new class to teach and was still working toward my Master’s degree. Writing? Yes, plenty of that, as long as we count assignment directions, notes on scholarly articles, notes on what I forgot at the grocery store on the second run.
Now that baby is a preschooler and I’ve been ignoring NaNo anyway. It’s in November. That’s just cruel. There is no way in –er, Hades – that I’ll ever get any creative writing done in November.
So I’m doing it in July.
If there’s anyone else who has been reluctant to get involved in a novel-in-a-month because of the date, join me. Here’s my goal: 50,000 words on a novel written from July 1st to July 31st .
That’s over 1600 words a day. A friend and I estimated it at 8-9 pages a day. Keep in mind I haven’t written more than two pages a day – on assignment stuff and the occasional dead-end story – since before my son was born, so I’m setting the bar scary high for myself to aim for a (crappy, no-one-reads-it) novel in 5 weeks.
50,000 words in 5 weeks? I must be insane.
Wish me luck! (And kindly send a kick in the pants too – starting now (well, if you can arrange it, start kicking me yesterday… about 5am July 2nd.)
Editor’s Note: If you are interested in joining Jessica in this July writing adventure but don’t know where to start, you may want to check out Camp NaNoWriMo, which is running now for the month of July!