November 1st is the first day of NaNoWriMo – a month when writers are encouraged to produce 50,000 words towards a new novel. I think it’s a great idea, insofar as it forces people who want to write to actually knuckle down and do it. As usual, I will not be participating, partially because I have two books that I want to finish as soon as I can, but mostly because the voracious maw of my Web site already forces me to write all year round, and I really don’t need any additional motivation.
What I think I will do, though, is use the month to focus on writing the final 14 articles I need to finish the fourth Alternate Reality News Service collection (working title: The Street Finds its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies). Once I have the articles written, I can format a manuscript and start the process of getting it published (I won’t actually publish it until June or July, 2013 at the earliest, partly so as not to compete with the release of my novel in March, partly because it will take me that long to publish them on the Web site, a necessity before they come out in print). This will also allow me to fill out the cover (for which I already have a pretty sweet design idea) with images suggested by the text.
If this works out, I think I will use December to finish the fifth Alternate Reality News Service book (working title: The Alternate Reality News Service’s Guide to Love, Sex and Robots). If I can do that, then I can start working on the follow-up(s – I have three very different projects in mind) to Welcome to the Multiverse in the new year.
As you can see, I don’t need NaNoWriMo to be motivated to write. Still, I wish all of the participants, especially those who are friends, good luck and good writing!