Every November for the past eight Novembers, I have participated in a little competition known as National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of aspiring writers gather online (and locally) to write out a 50,000 word draft of a novel in the month of November. The challenge is fierce. In order to obtain the glory that is the title of NaNoWriMo Champ, one leaves behind family and friends to embark on a dangerous quest full of denouements, cliques, and two-dimensional characters.
This year, I've decided to write a new draft of Dark Horizons from scratch for my NaNoWriMo project - a matter I will be going into more detail about in another blog. And to get ready for NaNo and all of it's craziness, I'll be participating in the October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge on Writing.com. The Prep Challenge is a list of activities done daily through the month of October to prepare you for November. Some of the challenges require outlines to be written, character backstories to be created, and illustrations of story locales to be drawn (however crudely they make look). There are even contests and prizes to be won, and at the end of October, you'll be well prepared for what lurks on the page in November.
To enter the October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge, head over to http://www.writing.com/main/forums/item_id/1474311-October-NaNoWriMo-Prep-Challenge and sign up.