If you’ve been a follower of my blog for the past year or two, you know what time it is.

For the third year in a row, I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month.

This month-long act of masochism is for everyone and anyone who feels they have a novel inside of them, begging to get out.

The goal is to complete at least 50,000 words of a first draft. This comes to about 1,667 words a day–if you write every single day in November. In my case; however, I am going to be writing a short story, an epic poem and a novella.Yeah, I’m rebelling. I’m assuming that the total word count might be somewhere around 60-80k words. In 30 days. With me only writing 22 or 23 days of the month. That comes to approximately (going by a 65k word count) 2,955 words a day.

pulling hair out
pulling hair out (Photo credit: wstera2)

No, not ambitious at all.

Luckily for me, I have spent October plotting all 3 projects. Although I am a hybrid plotter/pantser, I am as close to ready to hit the road speeding as I can get. I also have stashes of chocolate and lots of coffee and my Starbucks card all loaded up.

So, I am asking everyone of you to pray for me. Or if you’re not spiritual, keep a good thought for me. Lots of them. This is going to be a really interesting month.

However, at the end of it, I hope to have the first drafts for three projects; which I will publish next year. So all of your prayers and good thoughts will go towards your entertainment, as well as my sanity (or lack thereof).

I have already pre-written all of the posts for the upcoming series on Social Sciences in Science Fiction, so don’t worry, I’ll still be around.

Please feel free to hit me up on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook to offer words of encouragement, gift certificates for copious amounts of chocolate and coffee and jokes. I’ll need plenty of jokes.

If you’d like to join me in this unique madness, you may send me a buddy request on the NaNoWriMo website. My Username there is yiwashington. Let’s commiserate together and take our writing careers to the next level.


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