Sitting in Denny’s on a Sunday night has become a weekly obsession for me. I’m crowded in a back booth fighting for table space for my laptop and mouse. There are more power cords than plugs, and plates of fries are being devoured. But we writers endure and enjoy the camaraderie.
It’s the Sunday Writer’s Group that has spawn out of NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month. Most nights we tap away during the writing sprints, cheer each other on with the next published work or cry for the rejection letter. In between all that, we brainstorm stories and talk about the tribulations we had getting here.
The anticipation at the table is starting to build as November approaches. All writers know what November brings, 30 days of laboring over the laptop tapping away hoping you reach your daily word count of 1667. That’s right, 1667 words per day for 30 days which brings the total to 50,000 words. And to tell you the truth, that is only half a manuscript by far.
I’m sure the literary agents and publishers dread December 1st, which means many of these drafts end up in their slush pile as we writers celebrate. It’s a time to pat ourselves on the back and say well done while the publishing world cringes.
So here I am with my fellow writers, plotting away for my November novel and dreaming about making it to the top of the NY Times bestsellers list. But I’m going to be truthful with myself, I’m just hoping to cross the line on November 30th with 50,000 words.