November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). What an exciting and daunting concept.
How does this relate to me and all things cycling? Well it doesn't really but I am putting my reputation on the line and giving this a go.
November is a month dedicated to getting a draft of a novel done. The target is 50 000 words. You may only start writing at midnight on November 1 and it requires roughly 2000 words a day. And it must be brand new.
Now, I just finished writing up my 3 week experience on the Freedom Challenge and that only comes to 33 255 words and it took me ages so I am hugely daunted at the prospect. At least with my ride story, I didn't have to think up a plot and characters and events - they were all there.
I have fiddled with ideas, lurked on the NaNo forum, scribbled mind maps and was drawing a blank. But the other day, I was at Sugo's (oh yes, the ubiquitous coffee shop), and I got an idea. A theme, characters and personalities. So it was a start but how to drag this idea out for 50 000 words, I don't know. There are some strange tips out there.
I have just downloaded NaNo for the New and Insane by Lazette Gifford and her first paragraphs reiterate that this is all about Having Fun! So fun it will be. I am not going share my plot just yet - maybe I won't ever, but November is going to be interesting.