As I mentioned in my earlier Leech Trivia post, Leech began as a training wheels-style NaNoWriMo challenge last year when my writing buddy Terry Taylor Hobbs and I decided to write 30,000 words in November (20,000 short of the official goal). After a couple of additional months of similar writing sprints, Leech and Zombie Tetherball were the result of that challenge.
It's almost November again which means it's time for another National Novel Writing Month and I'm throwing myself back into it again. This year Terry and I talked about shooting for 40,000 words, still unconvinced that 50,000 is even possible with all of our other responsibilities, but every time we talk about it we start making noises that 50,000 would be an amazing feat to accomplish. So, we'll see what happens. Even if I only achieve last year's goal of 30,000 words I know I'll still feel accomplished, but it would be pretty great to hit 50,000.
In addition to upping my total goal I've also taken on outlining. For someone who has been an avowed pantser (autocorrect reads that as "panther"... GROWL!) for most of my writing efforts, it's a strange, but intriguing process. I'm looking forward to finding out if this process helps or ends up feeling too constrictive.
Are you throwing yourself into the challenge? Why not become my writing buddy? My NaNoWriMo user name is "robbneu" and I'll need your support if I can actually make 50,000 words this year. I'll do my best to be supportive of you too! Let's make this year awesome!