NaNoWriMo 2012

Yeah, I’m doing it. Why not? The following are not excuses:

  • Working 20h per week
  • Being the HBIC of a large family
  • Homeschooling
  • 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

  1. Never delete
  2. Okay, only delete when absolutely necessary, WHICH IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE.
  3. When in doubt, add an abandoned animal that the MC ends up adopting
  4. 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.

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