29 days until NaNo!
I can’t believe it’s October already. Only 29 days until NaNo ’12. I’m so excited! I haven’t done as much as I would like to have done by this point, but I’ve still made some progress. For instance, I finally feel like I’m starting to grasp the plot of my novel. I’ve known what the overall plot is for years, but I didn’t know the specifics. I’m much closer now. I have the major plot points down – or at least a lot of the major ones. I’m still a bit fuzzy on, well, everything, but at least I have blurry images to work with. That’s much more than I had this time yesterday. My drive to work this morning was very helpful. Apparently waking up at 4:30 and driving to a school an hour and a half away can actually be good for something. Who knew?
I’m also doing well on the homework front. When I first started grad school, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to write a lot because I’d have too much work to do. I’m glad to say that that doesn’t seem to be a problem. I’m 2-3 weeks ahead in all of my classes, which means I should be able to do the rest of my work in October so that I don’t have to do anything in November, or at least so I don’t have to do that much.
It’s probably good that I’ve gotten so much work done ahead of time, as the new NaNo forums are up, and I’m probably going to spend a lot of time cruising the forums. I’ve also agreed to run the Adopt-a-Newbie program for NaNoLanta, so hopefully soon I’ll be busy matching new Wrimos with mentors. This is one of the reasons I love my region – there are so many ways to get involved in the community.
Another reason I love them is because there are already two weekly recurring events on our regional calendar, not to mention several different kickoffs, the Ikea write-in, and Atlanta’s very own version of the Night of Writing Dangerously, which our wonderful MLs have named the Evening of Writing Wildly.
The more I think about it, the more excited I get about NaNo. If I had an actual outline for my novel, I would want it to be November 1 right now. Since I still need to work out a few details about my novel (such as, you know, the main character’s name), I think I’ll settle for NaNo still being 29 days away. 🙂
How about the rest of you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Are you prepared? What do you still need to do before November hits?