The first question I know most of you have is, "what in the dickens (substitute word of your choice here) Nanowrite?"
I first became familiar with Nanowrite a few years ago. It is an annual event held every November where writers are challenged to complete a novel in 30 days. Yes, a novel of 50k in 30 days!! the first time I participated in Nanowrite, I was treating my writing like a hobby and wasn't nearly as serious and focused as I am now. It goes without saying that I didn't complete the 50k novel during the allotted time frame.
I really hadn't given the process of Nanowrite a great deal of thought since that time. It was an event I participated in, I enjoyed the process and that was it.
Then I saw in the thread of a fellow writer an announcement about Nanowrite camp. Camp? I had never heard about a camp! Immediately I began to investigate what this whole camp thing was about. Sure enough, starting August 1 of this year, there is a camp for those who would like to participate. It's almost like a practice run for the November event. My first thought was since it was a 'practice' run the requirements would be less. Boy was I wrong! The requirements or the goal is still the same, 50k in 30 days.
Well, I decided to take on the challenge after a few hasty moments of deliberation. Was I biting off more than I could chew again? Probably! Was I still going to subject myself to the grueling writing schedule while trying to balance everything else in my already hectic life? Yes! Was I willing to commit to the 1700 words a day for Nanowrite and still try and keep pace with the completion of the other projects on my to do list? Yes!
I know I am crazy but I am going to do it. Once I signed up the next decision was which book I would work on for the project. That decision took much longer than the rash decision to participate in the first place.
I have 4 novels in the queue to be completed, started, or worked on. They are Fit, Interstate 64, Woman at the Top of the Stairs, and my latest great idea (that hit me in the middle of writing the response letters) Chaste. Which one would I choose?
I had already started Interstate 64 so that was a very viable contender. The rest of them are mere ideas outlined and sketched in my notebook. So which would I choose? hmmmm
Well I decided. The novel I am going to work on for Nanowrite camp is (drum roll please...)