Nope. None of the above. I mean, yes those things are soon upon us, but they’re not what I’m referring to. “That time of year” starts November 1st and ends November 30th. That’s right, it’s almost NaNoWriMo time!
For those not in the know (are there really people who don’t know by now??), NaNoWriMo is Nation Novel Writing Month and authors (both aspiring and published) race to write 50,000 words within the month. It can be stressful but it can be a whole lot of fun. There’s a great deal of support and camaraderie from the community and people often surprise themselves with their sudden drive and regular writing regiment.
I bring it up now, at the beginning of October, because I think it’s worth a bit of your sanity to start thinking about it early if you plan on participating. Even if you’re not a plotter, you should start thinking of your ideas, jotting notes and snippets of dialog if they come to mind, etc.
It can be very overwhelming to sit down on Nov. 1st and think “OMG what the hell am I going to write about?” and I know there are people who do that. They often end up struggling and then giving up before the end of the month. Get some ideas together. Make storyboards or an outline or just put some notes down on paper. You’ll thank yourself when the month starts.
I’m debating on whether or not I want to work on my new story Driven or if I want to write the next (two!) installment of Errand Girl of the Undead. Errand Girl stories end up being just around 20k words so I could pad them a bit and still be a winner. That might be the way to go! I’ll have to see what ideas pop in my head.