Against my better judgment, I’m gearing up for another year of NaNoWriMo: can you say “Three-peat“? After having “won” the annual novel-writing challenge the past two years running, I’d fully intended to sit out this November’s round. Having written two wretchedly unreadable so-called novels, I have nothing to prove…and fiction isn’t my preferred genre. Instead of generating more words in woeful need of revision, I’ve been wanting to return to the blog-to-book revision project I tabled in May…and this month promises to be exceedingly busy as I’m currently teaching a total of six courses (three at Keene State, three online), two of which I’ve never taught before. Between all the prep-work and grading that lies ahead, I have no business biting off another huge project.

But, the sheer impossibility of writing a novel in a month didn’t stop me in 2004 or 2005. Both years, I had no clear story line in mind, and both years, I was juggling a hefty courseload. So why should I let practical concerns such as time constraints stand in my way? Needing a kick-start back into that blog-to-book revision project, I figure writing something completely different might serve to cleanse my narrative palate: after the cerebral blow-out that is NaNoWriMo, perhaps in December, when my schedule lightens just in time for Christmas and New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll be primed and ready to return to revising a project I actually care about. At least that’s the story I’m telling myself by way of self-justification.

See? November 1st hasn’t even arrived, and already I’m spinning stories.

    Just like last year, I plan to chronicle this year’s NaNoWriMo journey on my writing blog, which will come out of its recent retirement tomorrow after I’ve officially begun writing this year’s so-called novel. If you or a blogger you know is too intimidated to write a novel in a month, consider participating in NaBloPoMo, an alternate challenge in which bloggers commit to posting every day for the month of November. Write on, people!