50,000 words in 30 days. One novel, never previously written. Mine will be called "Ephemeral," and I've been thinking about the concept since January of this year. I am really excited about it, and I've told everyone I know (ok, everyone I know on Facebook and my Woodstream family) that I am doing it.
That said, I wouldn't be me if I didn't have something to complain about/fear. I'll just list them:
- Other writers have been doing nanowrimo successfully for years. I am not a real writer because I didn't know about it, and I haven't done it. I suck.
- The whole concept of Mary Sue seems flawed to me. I can't write a story in which I like my character, my character is special in some way, and my character has a tragic past? Good grief, I think that cuts out 95% of all fiction. 100% of fiction I like. Does suspecting I might have a couple of Mary Sues mean that I suck? Especially if I think they should be able to live on, despite their extraordinary-ness?
- These people seem to have a lot of time to write--and to blather on on forums. Are they all unemployed? Or do I just suck because I can't write 50,000 words, work a full time job, do a couple of side jobs, AND blog about it continuously?
- I have a deep suspicion that most of my co-writers are under the age of 20.
- I have a correspondingly deep suspicion that I suck AND I'm old.