It’s getting to be that time of year again kids. Once the Halloween candy is applied liberally to our thighs and buttocks, Hocus Pocus is put back in the DVD case until next year and the pumpkins have been tossed out into the back field where their rotting stench will attract flies and hungry deer, then it’s time to break out our laptops, brew a pot of coffee, say a prayer to the god of your choosing and strap in for a wild month of self-inflicted joy and misery.
For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is the annual month-long celebration of novel writing. The goal is to spend the entire month of November hunkered down, typing (or writing, if you’re old school like that) out that novel that has been sitting in the back of your brain for far too long. It’s a time to throw caution to the wind and say “Yeah, it’ll probably suck worse than Stephanie Meyer and the Fox News network combined, but at least I’ll have done it.” And you’re right, it probably will suck. Suck hard. But that’s the beauty of it. You only get better by practicing and soon the time will be nigh.
So join me, won’t you, in the craziest month of the year as we walk/run/limp across that 50,000 word finish line.