After very little thought and utterly on impulse, I decided on Friday I would participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t done this in years, but hey, it’s good motivation to make some more progress on my novel. Although, considering all the things going on in my life right now (work, grad school, other such insanity,) I doubt I’ll actually complete the target goal.
What is NaNoWriMo? For those who aren’t crazy writers or loved ones of crazy writers, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. This when writers of all backgrounds, pro or amateur, decide to torture themselves into a puddle of frantic goo by attempting to write 50,000 words in one month. The traditional way to participate is to start a NEW novel on November 1st and try to complete 50k words of draft by the end of the month. Some rebels choose to continue a work-in-progress that needs at least 50k more words and use the challenge to make some good progress.
I am one of those rebels. Honestly, I didn’t feel like starting a whole new project because I was only a couple chapters into my current WIP, and this is the one that has me feeling the creative vibes. So… rebel route it is for me!
As I said, I doubt I’ll actually get the 50k this time, since there are so many nonnegotiable parts of life sucking up my time right now. However, if I can even get half that, I’ll consider it a success compared to the slow progress I’ve been making on this draft. And who knows? I might surprise myself.
Due to NaNoWriMo, all creative writing time will be going into the draft, so my only blog posts this month will be updates on the progress and whining about how stupid I was to do this to myself.
Anyone else here participating? Chime in in the comments so we can cheer each other on!
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