Back in 2002, I did the National Novel Writing Month contest, where you set a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. I succeeded, after trying it in 2001 and failing, and ended up with something around 50,002 words. (Seriously, as soon as I saw 50K in sight, I thought, "Let's just wrap up this sucker.") I operated on a principle shared by my friend DJ: "Let it suck." And truly, most of it sucked. But, after seven years and several rewrites and a workshop, it became a 7,000-word story that didn't suck. So, even though, I'm still working on the third draft of the first novel, I've decided to do it again.
Because I have another idea.
Actually, I have two ideas. And as we were running errands this afternoon, it occurred to me that combining the two ideas will help solve problems in each of them. Or it might just make a big old confusing pile of narrative junk, but that's the thing I like about NaNoWriMo. The focus is all about getting it on the page. It may be a mess when it lands there, but that's when you sift through it to see if you came up with anything worth keeping.
So, is anyone else doing it?