It’s almost time for the most anticipated writing event. Midnight is less than 20 minutes away for me, and I’m getting a liiiitle bit antsy here. I’ve done everything I need to do, finished all my chores, drank my coffee, got my chocolate ready, got my blank Word document open, my fingers poised, thinking about my first line… waitaminute. Do I have a first line? Oh god I do NOT have a first line.
I suppose that’s what I get for being a pantser. Unlike many people I know, I’ve done very little planning. This is not out of laziness or procrastination on my part; I simply can’t write according to a definite plan, and I can’t plot in advance because I end up feeling bored with the story before even write it. I just have my title (Penny For Your Dreams), my basic plot, my main character… ack, I just realised my main character doesn’t have a last name yet. Okay, so I may be a little under-prepared, haha.
I’m excited about this. Last year’s NaNo was awful because I couldn’t juggle between work and writing, but I’ve got the hang of it now and I have a plot that I’ve been itching to write. So this should be good, right? I’ve got work tomorrow, but I figured I could write a bit and get myself a head start. The weekend’s coming soon, so I can catch up on any lost sleep then!
(Yay! I now have a last name. My character is called Penny Leighton. Any resemblance to actual names, events… well, you know the drill.)
I’ve promised myself that I won’t allow NaNo to be a source of stress this year. I just want to have a good time, and even though I will obviously try my best to get to the finish line, I won’t be upset if I lose. Well. I won’t be too upset. I hope. I also figure it’ll be more fun since this is the first year I’ve done NaNo while also blogging at the same time. I look forward to seeing how everyone else progresses!
Are you prepared for NaNo? When do you start? Do you have a first line? On that note, I have now figured out mine!
“Penny Leighton knew she had to destroy everything.”