The last few days I have been talking about how I had no idea what I was going to write my NaNo story about. Last night I was sitting on my computer reading articles and I saw a suggestion for generating ideas. The suggestion said to do “What If” exercises. What if this happened? What if that happened? I decided to give it a try. By the time I got to the 22nd “What if” I had the idea for my story. I couldn’t believe it was that simple for me. Then, I had problems going to sleep. The story just kept running through my head – all the different turns it could take.
In less than 24 hours the party begins for us Wrimos in the US. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are geared up to take part in a phenomenon known as NaNoWriMo. But amazing enough, millions of people have no clue what NaNo is and have never heard of it. I can’t even remember how I stumbled across it 6 years ago. I just know that in 2006 just before I got ready for my very first cruise, and days before the start of NaNo, I was preparing for my first year of trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
What an experience it was. It was such a rush. I came up with the idea for my novel while sitting on the deck of the cruise ship one night. If only, if only I was on a cruise ship right now.
Tomorrow morning I will sit at my laptop at the dining room table and type my first words towards my goal of 50,000 words. The beginning of a journey that I’m hoping won’t be too stressful. I will let my significant other and my children know what’s going on. I’m sure they will want to give out ideas that I’m sure will be included in my story somehow.
My weekends will be spent doing homework and writing my story and trying to get ahead on my word count. There will be write-ins all over the world during next month. I probably won’t be able to attend any scheduled write-ins but I’ll be having some of my own. Starbucks, the cafeteria at my workplace, my desk at work, on a notepad during meetings, anywhere I can find a place to write – I will.
I’m so excited…let’s write, write, write, write!
Will I still be just as excited in 10, 20, 25 days from now? Only time will tell.
Make sure you get some sleep tonight because it’s the last you’ll be getting – for 30 days!!!!