Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? Basically, it's a month-long quest to write a novel. And yes, I said a month; not a year, not three years, but a month. If you haven't already been to the site, you can find it here; http://www.nanowrimo.org . If you've ever dreamed of writing a novel, or if you have one that has been rolling around in your brain and won't let you go, this is the thing for you.
The accompanying book, "No Plot-No Problem" gives you an idea of just how serious this business is. Chris Baty is the founder and 2008 is the ten year anniversary of NaNoWriMo. I've attempted it twice. The first time I was a "winner." Last year, I attempted it again and ran out of steam and didn't quite make it. I have a theory about why I succeeded one year and not the other. The first year, I had a really clear idea of where I was going with my novel- hence my success. Last year, I had an idea of the beginning of the novel, but hadn't really thought it through past the first few chapters. I went through the gate at a mile a minute, but slowed and finally sat on the sidelines, watching the others race past me...boohoo...so sad.
I'll post more on nanowrimo. Keep checking! And consider joining me. Next time, I'll blog about my favorite part of the nano-experience. ~Karen