Yeah, I’m doing it. Why not? The following are not excuses:
- Working 20h per week
- Being the HBIC of a large family
- The House
The House gets its own title, because it’s like a living, breathing thing. I could spend all day working on The House. The House would look nice. But after cooking dinner or doing school or taking a nap and letting The Informant color in the living room or paying bills, The House would change immediately into… something else. (House of Horrors?) And it would take a while to get it back under control. It’s like a dragon living in the basement. Except it lives everywhere and requires a lot of clean laundry.
I did NaNoWriMo 2010 when I was 35-39 weeks pregnant with
Tax Deduction Porcelain Buffalo. I thought that would be difficult because, well, you know, 35-39 weeks pregnant. I actually finished in 14 days because I was so certain that I’d have the baby early and not be able to finish my novel. JOKE WAS SO ON ME, LIFE. Maybe I should have stretched it longer.
I did NaNoWriMo 2011 when Buffalo was an almost-1yo — that might have been easier because at the time Buffalo, My Masterpiece and The Informant all napped.
As far as interruptions, I’m only concerned about working — my job is 20 hours of each week when I can’t write. Other than that, I can exist on little sleep and write here and there and I’m sure I’ll finish. I probably won’t finish early like I’ve done in years past, but I’ll do it!
My main rules for NaNo are
- Never delete
- Okay, only delete when absolutely necessary, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE.
- When in doubt, add an abandoned animal that the MC ends up adopting
- There’s usually a nurse involved, and someone in the military. These are my go-to professions.
And just write write write. I try to get a huge head start on the first day — last year I wrote 10K words on day 1 — and keep going!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo 2012? If so, friend me over there — I’m Cincodemommy.