I've been musing over attempting NaNoWriMo this year, which for the uninitiated is a novel-writing event during November which challenges established and would-be authors to turn out 50,000 words. It doesn't expect much else - it need not be perfect, it doesn't even have to fit together or flow properly. You can fix that after the event. The big deal is getting the words out. After talking with some friends over the last week or so, I'm resolved to go for it.
I'm making no promises that anything will come of it, and I'm not sure how much time I'm going to be able to find to write (I generally get three free evenings a week plus a whole Saturday). I'm not sure that 50,000 words is achievable in the time I will have available. I'll consider the whole effort a success if I manage to write for a good few hours a week on a consistent basis. I think the biggest thing I will be able to take away from the experience is a good habit, rather than the stated goal of 50,000 words. I'm not making excuses though, 50,000 words is the goal and I'm going to have a damned good try at hitting it. I have a few days of vacation left, so I might make use of them to free up some time.
There's a little preparation to do too; I've been putting together some notes, and on the advice of a friend (and previous participant) having a good foundation of notes, scene plans and synopses is a huge advantage if you want to maximise the coherence of the first draft. I guess that different people will write in different ways and some people can probably just sit down and hammer something out; I tend to obsess about consistency and details so it's probably the right approach for me. Two weeks to prepare...
You guys should bug me about this next month.