For years I've heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but never had the self-confidence to try my hand at such an ambitious project. Inspired at present, however, I have just completed the sign-up process (it's free, though they'll gladly take donations from those whose coffers are fuller than mine). The objective is simple enough: from 1 November until 30 November, you work on writing a novel. You can plan your novel before the 1st, but you can't begin the actual writing until then.
I've kicked it around the last week or so, but today I finally came up with the basic premise. My story will center around a high school reunion. That's the entirety of what I know about my story at this point in time. Go ahead, steal it. I don't have characters, a plot or even an objective right now, but I've still got a week before I have to get writing. I'll still blog in November, I'm sure, but obviously NaNoWriMo will take precedence so things will probably be a little light and a little slow around here next month. I had originally planned to spend this week working on another short story but will instead focus on fleshing out my novel outline. I suppose I should start by creating a novel outline.
If you wish to sponsor my participation, you can donate here. You don't have to donate, but it'd be mighty nice if you did.