Today is Nov. 1, the first day of NaNoBlogMo -- blogspeak for National Novel Blogging Month—a "seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing" designed to extract a novel from your head within thirty days.
Here's more from Blogging Your Novel about NaNoBlogMo:
"If you've got the fever to unlock that story trapped within you there's only one cure—more cowbell! Okay, there's another cure: sit your duff down and rock that thing out. Get it out of your head and share it with the world.
"Some say the hardest part about writing your novel is just getting started, others say sticking with it is what breaks them. In any case, to help you achieve your goal, we've come up with our own brand of inspiration: NaNoBlogMo. National Novel Writing Blogging Month is our spin on Baty and friends' ingenious program (NaNoWriMo).
"To reach 50,000 words, you'll need to write every day — Blogger was born for this gig. Add to that the fact that blogging already has a successful track record in the book world and the big picture begins to emerge."
Now, from me: Those of you already working on major works, like your own book or master's thesis, are exempt from this. The rest of you, consider jumping in with me. It's always more fun with friends! The instructions are posted in the link above -- there are methods suggested for keeping track of your work without having it lifted by a wordthief. No one really reads your text -- the thing merely counts your words.
I'm going to try this for grins, though I already know of several interruptions in my routine this month. What the heck... I may not make it to the word total that's suggested, but putting one word in front of another will get me closer to the goal, right?
OK... here we go ...
It was a dark and stormy night ...