Yes, it’s that time of year. November is National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before. Usually I’m furiously trying to finish a book, not start one. But this year, due to things like painting and selling a house, major rewrites on last year’s book, and general procrastinating, I only have half a book done. And since I’d hate to go a whole year without finishing a book, I decided NaNo would be a perfect way to shove my perfectionism in a closet and help me write a, um, crappy rough draft.

Technically with NaNo, you’re supposed to be writing a new book. So I’m not doing it the official way. What else is new? But I do hope to get 50,000 words written this month. It’s not too bad, actually. It works out to 2000 words a day, six days a week. I don’t write on Sundays. Not legalistic, it’s just that I could so easily be a workaholic when it comes to writing that taking a day off is my gift to God . . . and my family. But I generally write about 1500 words a day when I’m in my writing groove. And, if I get to the 50,000 word goal, my book will be mostly done by the end of the month, well on the way to my goal of having it done by the end of the year.

But it’s Day Three of NaNo and I’m already behind. I spent the first two days rereading what I’d written up to this point. However, today I hit my daily goal, as evidenced by the neat little tracking widget under the NaNo icon on the sidebar to the right. Since I’m putting my goal out there, feel free to encourage, harass, mock . . . whatever. And if you’re doing NaNo, leave your user name in the comments and we can add each other to the buddy lists.