Juli: So I’m doing NaNoWriMo again.
Adam: Didn’t you just do that?
Juli: Last year.
Adam: I thought it was a couple months ago?
Juli: You're thinking of NaBloPoMo. That’s when you post on your blog every day. NaNoWriMo is the novel writing challenge, when you write a book in a month. I think NaNoWriMo is easier than NaBloPoMo because you don’t need to show everyone what you’ve written...
Adam: (trying to walk out the door) O.K.
Juli: (still talking) And I think NaNoWriMo has helped me to gain confidence. Now I know that I can crank out books in a month (or two), and... (trails off when she realizes that she is talking to herself)
When I tell everyone that I am participating, NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are much more effective challenges. Then I am shamed into completing them (or at least trying to). If you want to follow my progress, or add me as a writing buddy, go here.
If I tell people about a New Book, especially before I have written 10,000 words, I feel anxious. I can be a bit superstitious, and I worry that I am going to jinx the New Book. New Books are fragile little bubbles that pop at the slightest hint of criticism. At 10,000 words, New Books become more sturdy.
About five years ago, I made an outline for this book, which is now stale rubbish. So I have started all over. My first step was to start brainstorming on my tumblr.
Now it's time to turn this book into something real--or a First Draft. But my New Book is behaving very badly. It was supposed to be an epistolary novel, but so far it is refusing to cooperate. Wish me luck!