Maybe you haven’t heard, but November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). A time of the year when writers attempt to write that novel that’s been bouncing around inside their heads, all in the thirty days of the month.
I’ve never done it before.
Weird, right? I feel like I should have done it at some point in time, but honestly, I’ve just never tried. I write when I feel like it, and I don’t when I don’t. I thought about it last year, but then I had a brand new baby and pretty severe post-partum depression, so a timed writing challenge wouldn’t have been the best choice.
This November, however, I’m doing it! And, like I do with all new adventures, I’m cycling between excitement and nervous. But really, what’s the worst that could happen? I don’t finish? Well, at least I have the start of a first draft of a novel.
So why is NaNo such a big deal?
It builds community. I don’t know if you’ve ever met a writer, but we tend to be a shy bunch. A bit on the introverted side. Maybe we don’t much like to meet new people. NaNo gives us an opportunity to get to know some of our fellow writers. On Sunday (tomorrow), I’m going to the NaNo kick-off party at the library downtown to meet some of the writers in my area.
It’s good goal-setting. Over the summer, I found I work better with a big goal in mind. I worked all summer on Alyssa’s Playlist, and I turned out a book that I felt was pretty dang awesome. Then I spent nearly two months trying to write, but not feeling up for it. I felt so drained. Now… I have a new goal, a new idea, and some new enthusiasm, and I can’t wait to get into the nitty gritty of it all!
The past week, I’ve been doing everything I can to prepare myself. I’ve been plotting out my next book, getting engaged with the characters, even planning out some dialogue. With every step, I’m getting so excited to start this new project, which I haven’t felt in a long time.
Heck, I even told my husband to “respect my NaNo time” which meant… don’t bug me while I’m writing.
I’ll try to post regular updates on my wordcount and progress. Let the official NaNoWriMo countdown begin!