I always consider myself a pretty easy going guy. I try not to get too intense. I’m at the age where being laid back is definitely a good thing, especially when you have the extra pounds I do. Even when working on my writing goals this year, I’ve been calm, considered and rational.
I’m noticing that, historically speaking, calm, considered and rational isn’t when I get the best results.
Time to do something crazy.
I mentioned that I’m planning to do the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo this year. I’m working on the outline of the new project. I’ll be doing the Urban Fantasy I mentioned in this previous post. I’ll save the silly for November.
That isn’t crazy. Wait for it.
I’ve won NaNoWriMo a few times already. My current WIP, “Revenant”, comes from my first win. I believe that it was my best writing work to date. I believe in the story and the writing and that’s why I’m working hard to be able to send it out this year.
I have a new idea for July, and that story has a lot of heart. I’ve got a really good feeling about it. In fact, the last time I felt like this about an idea was when I wrote “Revenant”.
The bad news is, 50K isn’t enough for a novel and the fact that I naively ended Revenant at 53K to write the ending during NaNoWriMo is causing me no end of frustration as I try to beef it up to what it SHOULD have been.
I figure 100K is a good length.
That isn’t crazy either. Wait for it. I’m getting there.
So. I’m doing the challenge in July. 50K in 30 days. I figure it’s the perfect thing to get me started. However, I know I can do it. I’ve DONE it. Natch. I think about this, and frankly, I feel the seeds of failure already growing. I’ve done it, I don’t need to try. I’m bored already with the idea…which spells half assed in my world. It doesn’t have the umph that my first NaNoWriMo did.
Here’s the crazy part.
I’ve talked to my ever suffering yet incredibly supportive wife about it. She disappointed me by not freaking out. Her response was “I think maybe this is exactly what you need.”
She knows me too well.
Ok. I lied. NOW here’s the crazy part.
I intend to do both the July and August sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo! 100K in 60 days! Honestly, that’s a long haul for me and I have just the right amount of trepidation. This won’t work if I don’t give it my 100%. It gives me the incentive to try harder.
60 days, 100K words. Ok, it’s crazy for me. I know others who have done more, but for me, this is insane.
I’m so psyched.
At the bottom of the sidebar on the right, on the homepage of this site, you’ll note the word counter widgets. Feel free to keep track of my word count as it progresses. Boo or cheer as you will 🙂