Friday, October 23, 2009

Insanity

I've officially lost it! I signed up for the NaNoWriMo challenge. Kristyn talked me into it, but the funny thing is she doesn't know she talked me into it. NaNoWriMo participants must attempt to write a 50,000 word novel, beginning from November 1st and ending at midnight on November 30th. I did the math and it averages to about six pages a day. I have to teach all day, grade papers on my weekends, spend time with my kids, go to kickboxing, attend small group, and do basic housecleaning at least once in awhile...how am I possibly going to squeeze in six pages a day? But on the bright side, the website acknowledges that they expect pretty lousy work. The idea is to allow yourself the freedom of "literary abandonment." With such a small time frame to work within, it allows writers to do what basically amounts to one long free-write without the burden of second-guessing themselves or aiming for perfection. I don't know if I feel excitement or dread right now. But I just have to try it, at least once. I guess the worst that can happen is that I am the one and only participant that winds up with "zero" words by November 30th.