I had been intending, since last year's NaNoWriMo (wherein I failed horribly and barely broke 10k) that I would try writing a fanfic this year for NaNoWriMo, a first for me. Yet, as November crept closer and closer, I realized that I wanted to do original fiction again. The prospect of origfic just excites me more where NaNo is concerned, I guess. So, I switched gears and decided to just go with origfic again. However, I had NO clue what I was going to write. I still don't. I have literally NO idea what my story will be about, beyond that it will likely be fantasy/specfic (because that is my Genre of Choice and 99.9% of everything I write falls into that category). This could turn out well, though. I mean, the first year I did NaNoWriMo, I purposely did absolutely no planning beforehand, just sat down and wrote at midnight, and it ended up working really well. I won that year, and I ended up liking my story--it would've needed work, editing mosly, but the characters and how the plot fit together was pretty cool. This year I did intend to do a little planning--overplanning things tends to handicap me, I think, but a really bare-bones idea would have been a good jumping off point. I just...never actually did. So here I am. More than halfway through the first day, and no plot, no plans, no words written yet.
Actually...I DID write a good chunk while I was at work this morning...on a fanfiction drabble request (yes, I fail and did not finish those right away before NaNo like I intended). I think what I might do this year is work on fanfic drabbles when I need a little break from the actual NaNo novel, to hopefully give my brain a chance to rest and refocus. Even though it's technically cheating, I MAY count whatever words I write in those towards the NaNoWriMo wordcount goal. Haven't bothered with counting how much I wrote this morning, though, because I want the first words I count to be for NaNo proper--besides, I haven't bothered typing it up yet and that's time I can be using for...starting my novel.
Oh, and might as well mention one last time, I guess...since it actually IS November now: my NaNoWriMo website profile is here; my NaNoWriMo LJ is here.
But yes. My stomach is absolutely churning right now, which is just dumb, but I can't stop it. I think part of it is just excitement, with a good chunk of nervousness that I have no plot & got a later start than I normally do. Still, sitting here worrying about it even more won't help. The only cure is probably to start writing, I guess.
Rest of the day: free.
Notebook: brand new and empty and just waiting for NaNo to fill it.
Laptop: charged & ready.
Candy cane tea: plentiful.
Okay. Let's do this.