Nanowrimo doesn't officially start until Thursday. However, my own personal Nano journey started this weekend. I've been planning all month and have a good idea of where I want my story to go, so it was easy to jump in and start writing. I'm about six chapters in, just over 7,000 words.
I know, I know, the rules say we have to wait for November 1st to get started and I won't be able to validate my word counts until then anyway. So why would I decide to start early, breaking all the rules in the process? The answer is hurricane Sandy. She is heading straight for us here in central New Jersey. Wide spread power outages are predicted and no power means no laptop. We have been told to prepare for the worst and that is exactly what I am doing. True, the emergency management people probably didn't mean get a jump on Nano, but I've got my priorities.
All I can say in my defense is if I haven't let three wild and wooly little kids, work drama or mommy fatigue derail me from doing Nano this year, there is no way I'm going to let a mere hurricane stop me now. That said, since I started early to be fair, I'll end early too. Thanksgiving weekend will mark my personal Nanowrimo 2012 finish line.
To my fellow east coast wrimos I say good luck, stay safe, and no matter what happens - keep on writing.