The first time around, I had a head start on my novel and finished in a couple of weeks. It was the easiest thing I’d ever done, really. However, my dear friend and co-author E. M. McBride, says that’s cheating, so with respect for her views on what’s ‘fair’ when it comes to NaNo, we’ve decided to do a bit of friendly competition.
E. M. and I have agreed to race to 50,000 words. We’d thought about racing to the finish of our novels, but we have no idea how many words that would be for either of us and my classes start up at the end of August, so we decided that the 50k mark was much more reasonable.
As the day of beginning approaches, I’m getting nervous. I’ve got an outline. I know what I’m doing with the story. STILL, I’ve got work, I’ve got school, I’ve got responsibilities this month. June, I had nothing to do but write. E. M.’s got work, too, but she works less hours than I do, and I don’t think she’ll be back in school by that point.
Then I realized, it’s that sort of psyching myself out that is what kept me from finishing works before. I finished almost 100k words in less than twenty days in June. Why couldn’t I do it again? If I’m pacing it like that, I could finish my 50k in less than two weeks, with plenty of time to spare for work, and classes wouldn’t have even started yet!
I’ve got a huge inspiration in reading the Martin books. I just started reading Game of Thrones a few days ago, and while I’ve not made FABULOUS progress, as I’d hoped, I’ve made progress, and that’s the main thing. No, I shall never be as fantastic as Martin or Robert Jordan. But I can draw on the excited, creative energy that reading that gives me and I can use that to beat E. M. at this 50k challenge! I could use your encouragement as well, dear readers, but wish me luck!
If I win, I’ll post the first chapter on here as a treat for my readers, so it’s in your best interests to encourage me! 😀