It's been a long time since I've participated in National Novel Writing Month. I participated in 2002 and again in 2003. Both years, I reached the 50,000 word mark by the deadline. It's been six years!
I'm nervous about writing this year for a variety of reasons. My first is, "Do I still have 'it'?" "It" is that mysterious thing which comes over me: the writing is less brain-to-fingers-to-keyboard and more just there, on my screen. If I'm really in "the zone", time passes without my awareness of it. There's no fumbling for words, no struggling for ideas. There's just the screen in my mind where the action is playing out and I'm translating it to text as fast as I can.
Another reason for the nerves: I haven't had my own office since around 2003 or 2004. This will be my first NaNoWriMo where I'm in a room with between 1-3 other people (depending on the time of day). I can't just "rock out" while I space out and write. I can't just close the door and have it understood, "I'm writing. Go away."
Nick's old enough now that our old "blood, bone, vomit" rule isn't really necessary. Plus, with Rowan here, there's a second grown-up in the house almost all the time. I've prepped everyone as much as I can, reminding Nick and Randy how I'm basically "not here" for the month of November.
I still plan to attend our RPGs every Saturday night -- that'll be a good release from the writing monkey on my back. And we have our every-other Thursday RPG set in Eberron. That's only two Thursday nights, so that's no big deal. I dropped out of the World of Darkness Werewolf the Forsaken LARP last week so that's all good.
I've got a kernel of an idea, but not a plot. Not even an arc of a plot. Just an opening. And that's all in my head. Not a word on paper/screen until midnight 1 November.
I've stuck some widgets in this post which probably won't "go live" until the first.I may add them to the blog for the month as well.
Update 25 March 2012: Whoops....the live graphs aren't available any longer, thus the two broken images. Sucky, but what can ya do?