Yes. I'm one of those nutso writers who's going for it. And I know weekends at our house ... they aren't the kind where you wake on Saturday AM, grab your coffee and settle in on the couch for a blissful day of writing. That WAS my house for the first 10 years of marriage until we got the bright idea of adding children to the equation. I love them. Like crazy! But children + writing = insanity.
So... Anne and I love how you faithful readers enjoy sneak peeks into a writer's world. Here's some of what I've done to prepare for a month of mass word count:
- Purchased copious amounts of coffee ("copious" is my new favorite word. I'm overusing it everywhere)
- Outlined my hero and heroine. I know where they're from, what drives them, their darkest moment in life, how it formed them, their biggest ache, largest dream, smallest goal, and what happens if none of it is realized
- Researched. Just enough research to get me through my 1st draft. I'm not a rabid researcher. I love history but I suck at details. So I've got enough to make it passable and I can add the wealth and richness on my edits
- Created my villain. What makes him tick? What makes you want to empathize with him? Does he redeem himself somehow in the end or is he just that bad?
- Crafted a rough draft in my head. Scenes. Interactions. Events.
And so, as November 1st comes, I'll be buckling down and bonding with my laptop. How do I do that when I work full time as an HR Director, have 2 kids under the age of 4 and several commitments at church? Yep. I'm not entirely sure! LOL 50K is a huge number for me. But why not try, eh? I usually write over lunch, in the evening when the kids are finally in bed, in the car waiting outside for my appointment to arrive at our lunch meetings, etc. I'm thankful I'm not a writer who needs massive blocks of time to be productive. If I were ... ummm....yeah ...
SO!! What's a big challenge you've taken on before? A marathon? A solo in front of hundreds? Do share! I could use some cheerleaders ;)