I've decided not to sign up. Wait! Only because I wanted to start the novel early. I'm still aiming for a Nov 30 end date, but, since I started early I can't officially be in the contest. I'm OK with that.
But Sidra! It's only 2 weeks! You've been sitting on the novel outline since the end of August. Why crumble now?
Simple. A novelette I haven't mentioned before is done with the Nth draft -- maybe one more pass before I send it off for this quarter's Writer's of the Future contest. And it's the real reason I haven't been straining my tether on the novel. I've been knee-deep in a different genre.
I can write more than one short story "at once", sort of, but major revising on a novelette, and major new work on something four times its length? When I've never done anything as long as these before? No thanks.
But, it's now time for My First Novel, or more properly, My First Novel With An Outline And More Than A Snowball's Chance Of Finishing. MFN is probably an easier acronym to remember, though.