I'm doing NaNoWriMo this coming November. Once again, I'm committing to writing a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days (i.e. the month of November). It's my 8th time participating in this yearly challenge, but while I don't have to prove anymore to myself that I can actually do this (having made the 50k mark in five of my previous seven tries), I'm still excited and eager to start writing come November. I'll be writing a Stargate: Atlantis/Star Trek XI crossover. The planned plot isn't entirely new, I'm recycling parts of an unfinished Doctor Who story, but I guess plagiarizing yourself doesn't really count, especially when it comes to fanfiction ;-) I'm still working on my outline and character cheat sheets, but if I haven't finished them by Sunday night, it's not the end of the world. Part of the fun of NaNoWriMo, at least for me, comes from not knowing everything about my story beforehand. I need some planning, otherwise, it's just going to end up a huge mess. Well, it's going to end up a mess anyways, writing 50k words in 30 days had that effect, but I can always edit the thing afterwards, provided I like it enough. To kick things off, I'm thinking about heading to a meeting with other NaNoWriMo participants, but it's rather late in the evening and the train fare pretty expensive, so I'm not sure yet whether I'll go.