Nano 2012

National Novel Writing MonthWe meet again, NaNoWriMo.

Since 2006, I have tried for nearly every year to complete this novel-writing challenge.  50,000 words in a month?  I should be able to do that.  I’m a fast typer, I like to write and am willing to devote hours to it at a time.

But it hasn’t been so easy.

I’ve struggled with being a neurotic perfectionist, and I’ve struggled with not planning my novels very well, so that I start flailing around after about 15,000 words, and then it’s all crash and burn.

This Time…

This year it will be different.  This year, with the help of my awesome wife, Beth, I have planned out my novel, and have done some good brain work to reduce the anxiety that I have about not writing a perfect, stellar first draft.

This year, it’s just about writing.  So I’m gonna write.  Maybe it won’t be very good, but it’ll be finished.  That’s the big goal.

Business + Nano

I think starting a business in October and spending a lot of time working on website and working with clients helps to minimize the amount of time spent worrying about the novel.  Previously, I could afford to spend hours THINKING and FREAKING about the novel, and a little time writing it.  Now, now I have Things To Do, and that’s SRS BSNSS, so I only have a little bit of spare time in which to write.

If all goes well, I’ll hit 50,000 words on November 30th, and will update on my progress along the way.

Now, I must got and write today’s 1667 words.

Wish me luck!