The NaNoWriMo fever has hit more than 170 000 (at last count) would be writers around the globe. Writing started at midnight on November 1 and there have been wild swings in input from the over and under achievers.
I missed day one because I was riding my mountain bike - funny thing that. And I have started now, cranking out about 2000 words a day so far. Oops - that sounds better than it is because it is only day 3! But I figure the words will run dry at some point and while I feverishly search for inspiration, at least I'll have a buffer.
There was one over achiever on the international forum who wrote over 30 000 words straight. That's just intimidating. How are the rest of us supposed to feel. Eejit (I wish I had that skill). I wonder if he will carry on once he hits his 50 000 tomorrow? Short month for him but for the rest of us, its going to be hard to maintain momentum.
But what a great opportunity to just write with abandon. Posts on the blog will be read by someone so there is a degree of structure and sense to be made. But with NaNo, just write. There is no one watching, critting or even vaguely interested in whether it makes sense or not. Which is just well as there has to be chunks of drivel that pour out at times. But that is December's problem when you finally get to read what you have written in its entirety.
I didn't choose a cycling or mountain biking topic but maybe somewhere I will have to weave a little of that into the story.
So here's to keeping writer's block at bay and 50 000 words by the end of the month.