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Planning for Novel Writing Month (With a Baby)

Stephanie gave me a good challenge earlier this year.  Despite her relentless disgust with the term "NaNoWriMo" (can't say I blame her, so I'll stick with the more cumbersome "Novel Writing Month"), she said that this year it would be a more meaningful challenge than it was in 2013.  In her words: If I can write a novel in the same month we have our first child and successfully stay married, then clearly I'm capable of budgeting my time.

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As with last year, I'm feeling pretty jazzed about leaping into this project, however gimmicky it might seem.  But this time around it feels a lot more dramatic.

Last year I wasn't taking it too terribly seriously.  I had just come off of writing a novel and I was still feeling all proud and cocky about that.  I also don't think I really was putting a lot of thought into this blog - that was back when I had the default layout that Blogger selected and I didn't bother to change it.

This year, though, I have this big five-year plan for all the novels I want to write, I've got a "vision" (or whatever you want to call it) for my blog, I just put one book out on the market and I finished writing the first draft of another, and I'm terrified that I'll never be able to keep up with any of my goals while also being a father.

To put it in other words: last year it felt like I couldn't really lose, and this year it feels like I can't really win.

I've given myself an out.  (Sort of.)  I think it may be too ambitious to write a complete novel, but getting to 50,000 words is still a monumental and respectable goal.  I don't think I can beat up on myself if I hit that mark, whether I have a complete novel or not.

I've got an outline in place and a pretty solid premise to work with, so now I just have to hope I can keep up the energy and manage my time.  If you're on NaNoWriMo, feel free to send a buddy request.  Or if you just want to see my progress, come check out my profile.