National Novel Writing Month participants in Boulder: Tomorrow's the day when you pen the first words of your newest novel. Or type. Or scribe. However you do it, you start tomorrow.
Some participants are starting tonight--which is to say, at 12:00 AM, the moment the calendar flips from October to November. Some, given the lateness of the hour, will do this from the comfort of their homes where they can happily collapse into bed with that sweet sense of accomplishment the moment they update their word count. But others will write their novel's first scene in the company of other NaNoWriMo participants in downtown Boulder. They'll be attending the midnight write-in at Fuse, where the order of the night will be "Three... two... one... WRITE LIKE THE WIND!"
Homebodies or party-goers, midnight launch or a daylight start, there's one thing all Wrimos are going to have to do: Shelve that inner editor. Don't overthink things. Just write.
And yet it can be very hard to write for 50,000 words if your novel... isn't actually a novel.
Author Shirley Jump's blog post "Is It an Idea... or a Book?" is full of great advice towards determining whether your idea will last all novel long. Which is great, except at this point--with less than 6 hours to go until November 1--you're probably not exactly eager to swap out your current novel idea for another.
But as NaNoWriMo continues and you hit the inevitable snags and roadblocks on the way to "The End," you could use Jump's advice to raise the stakes, increase the scope, and intensify the interest of your idea so that it will become a novel.
So--quick!--while it's still October and you're still planning your adventure, check out this article and let its questions inspire your idea to greater heights.