As I desperately try to summon an idea for NaNoWriMo, I realize that October is not just for switching over your closet, dusting off your boots, getting dressed in outrageous costumes, and eating loads of candy. It’s also time to prep for NaNoWriMo, so for me at least, it’s NaNoPrepMo. I talked a big game about taking time off to outline at the beginning of the month, but I didn’t come up with anything. I was beginning to panic. Well, not panic exactly, but worry. You know, the kind of worry that makes you eat an entire bagful of “fun sized” Kit Kats. (Damn, those were good.)
But then this weekend I guess my brain had enough time to digest that I was in fact going to do NaNoWriMo whether or not I actually had a plan, and also that I did have a couple of burgeoning ideas that needed to come out in the light of day. So on Saturday, I actually started writing up some notes using Scrivener, my new writing buddy. Then if that was not enough, somewhere around 4am on Sunday morning, I guess my brain had a few more ideas, so I wound up back on my computer for another productive round of novel planning. (Just let me say this: I love that my brain works on things by itself while I’m busy doing other stuff, like dusting furniture. But also, I wish my brain would let me sleep. 4am is not cool, brain. Not cool at all.)
Now two days do not a pattern make, so I’m not going to make any predictions about my progress based on one weekend. But, I now have more ideas and direction than I had on Friday, so I’m pretty happy with myself. Whether or not this will translate into NaNoWriMo success, time will only tell.
It might help if I came up with a title.