October means a lot of things to many people. It’s the approach of autumn, it’s the time where I’m pretty sure pumpkin spice is legally mandated to infiltrate everything consumable, and it’s all topped off with the spooky fun spectacle that is Halloween. Of course, there’s something very particular that it means to writers:
“OHshit, it’s almost NaNo!!”
At least, that’s what I’m experiencing right now. Before we know it, it’ll be November 1st and the race to 50,000 words begins. I’ve participated every year for a while now, though I’ve never quite “won,” reaching the word count goal by the end. I almost made it last year, but something came up right toward the end that prevented me from really bringing it home.
I say the same thing every year, but this year, I mean it. This is the year I do it. This is the year I finally hit 5k. There’s only one problem: I have no idea what to write about.
So I wanted to open up a discussion to all my fellow writers who are participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo. Do you already have an idea for your book? Have you already put together an outline and are just waiting for the calender page to turn over to November? Or are you more likely to wait until the start of the month to start writing whatever just comes to you? I have a few stand-bys, novels that I’ve attempted before but never quite got the “swing” for, that I can start over (yet again) and strive to reach some sort of conclusion with it, but I’d also like to try something new and exciting. Where do you turn to for ideas? Thankfully, I’ve got little bit of time before I need to decide on something, but once November hits, there’s no turning back!