We’ve only just begun

In a bout of late-night seat-of-the-pants decision-making (HYPHENS!), I have signed up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. For the uninformed, that is National Novel Writer’s Month, which takes place each November. Beginning on the first, thousands of people across the world begin a sprint to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in one month. That’s a bit more than 1600 words a day. I have never done this before, in fact I signed up mere hours before it began, and I haven’t written a piece of fiction since I was last forced to in 9th grade English. I have no idea how it will go, but judging by what’s happened so far, I don’t anticipate reviewing much this month.

Day 1: Spent a lot of time figuring out character names, did no actual writing.

Day 2: Wrote 3,097 words, and I was pretty happy with most of it.

Day 3: Discovered that most of what I had written was saved in the temporary folder, which cleaned itself when I shut off my computer for the night. For the non-computer-savvy, this means it was real gone. No back-ups, no recoveries. I was down to about 800 words. I had a tantrum, then I started writing all over again (this time from the end).

Day 4: That’s today. I am about to take a look at what I wrote last night in my ten o’clock post-tantrum phase, and hopefully catch up.

In any case, that means this blog will most likely be neglected for the month, in case anyone is actually reading this. If I succeed at the NaNoWriMo challenge, I suppose I will have to find a new name for this blog. If you feel like joining up, you can find NaNoWriMo at http://www.nanowrimo.org

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