After taking last year off, I’m going to give it a go this year. My username is RumHounds (naturally) and I’ve been doing NaNo on and off since 2004. If anyone would like a buddy, send me a message. It’s absolutely true that if you have writing friends, you tend to be more productive.
NaNoWriMo revamped the site this year with stats at the top, right when you log in. I was a bit shocked to find out I’ve written almost 450,000 words. That gives me a little more motivation to get started and actually stick with it this time.
My other motivation is this: Viable Paradise. I want to apply this year, for the 2020 class. I figure, the big 4-0 is coming next year, so why not celebrate with getting serious about writing? Even the process of applying will be valuable, because putting yourself out there is hard.
So! What’s on tap for the big 50,000 words in one month? Hopefully my peach mead, which has been bulk aging for 3 years now. I’m honestly not sure about this one. I backsweetened it, hoping that would rescue it from dry, peachy hell. Wednesday, I’m going to check it and see what’s happened. There she is, in the carboy next to my hibiscus Viking blod mead creation.
I’ve also got cider from Locust, a few beers from Dogfish Head, including their WorldWide Stout, and mead incoming from Opegaard Meadery. I scored a spot in the mead club, and get surprise deliveries four times a year. Assuming your state isn’t reliving its Prohibition hell days by banning alcohol shipments from other states, joining a mead or wine club is a great way to get a box of magic on your doorstep a few times a year.
Time to get started on naming characters and outlining a basic plot. Good luck!