NaNoWriMo is one week away—before "Do or Die", it's "Prepare or Flounder", and I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to withstand the panicked anticipation the next seven days represent.
Unlike last year, when I waited until the last possible moment to throw my literary hat in the ring, this year I've made a point of gearing up for this year's WriMo since early September. A few weeks ago I assembled a small tactical force comprised of my favorite reference books and sources of inspiration. I've mastered the art of manipulating my sleep cycle so I can navigate the month's events and appointments without suffering the loss of my writing schedule or routines. I've planned this year's novel as best I can, notified friends and family of my impending absence from their lives, and reached out to fellow participants in order to establish a small but reliable network of encouragement and support.
Despite this skillful exuberance—is there really only one week left before we begin??
Don't get me wrong, I feel to an equal degree the wish that today were Halloween, so that it would only be a matter of a dozen hours or so before I could throw myself into my work. I'm dangerously enthusiastic about this year's novel, and on more occasions than I can count have had to suppress the urge to go rogue and start writing ahead of time. There's still that lingering apprehension, as I've said before, and so much work yet to be done in preparation of the long month ahead.
I'm fascinated by the ways in which other writers work, and I'm always on the lookout for new methods, insights, and tips in general. In the spirit of reciprocity, beginning Monday the 28th I'll be touching upon categories of preparation in a series of NaNoPrep posts meant to elucidate my own methods: how I've prepared, and how I expect the writing process to unfold. Over the course of the week I'll also do my best to share similar posts by others, via Twitter and Facebook. With Writing Buddies, local Write-Ins, and The Night of Writing Dangerously, it's clear that we're all in this together—at least when it's not just you and your novel, staring each other down in the darkest hours of the night.
For now, there's so very much left to do, and precious little time in which to do it. One week until the WriMo starts in earnest, but the NaNoPrep has already begun...