I put off updating my status here because, to be honest, it’s not all that great. I was under the weather a couple of days last week and didn’t write one day (instead I worked on fleshing out my outline better). During a couple of days of recouping I only wrote a few hundred words. I’ve been really hard on myself about it, which is something I said I wasn’t going to do! So I’m going to say loud and proud that I’m doing my best and I’m up to 8,530 written words!
Like I said in my first post on NaNoWriMo, my goal isn’t really as much about writing a 50,000 word novel as it is about getting in the habit of writing creatively on a daily basis. So I really am succeeding at my goal. Of course I’d like to do better, and will keep pushing to write more, but every word is a step in the right direction.
I’m also realizing just how easy it is to start second guessing your choices when you’re working on something like this. Most of my writing over the last few years was short and or/work related. None of the actually writing has been fiction. Sure I tell those little fictional stories that are part of daily life (of course I remembered to make that call, I just haven’t heard back or I would love to help you move) but I haven’t taken the time to do much along the lines of real fictional writing.
I have to say, I’m still enjoying it. I know that there will come a point where it will seem like much more of a chore, but right now it’s much more of a gift. A chance to take time to do something for myself and to challenge myself in a different way.
November is National Novel Writing Month! I have to admit, I’m coming in a little late to the game. I’ve heard about it in the past but never really gave it much thought. This year something struck my fancy and I’ve decided to give it a try.
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30th. The website is there to encourage you, provide advice and allow to meet-up with other members on-line and in real life. There are more than 500 chapters around the world, so there’s a pretty good chance that there’s one near you. At the end of the event you can upload your novel for word count verification to be added to the winners’ list an receive prizes (a lovely certificate to print out and frame and a web badge of honor). It looked like fun. It sounded like fun. So I decided late on the 1st of November to jump into the fray.
My goal is the full 50,000 words, but I’m being realistic. I’m a wife and mom and I work full-time, my real goal is to write every day. I want to develop the habit of making time to work on something fun and creative. This is personal. This the kick in the backside I’ve been looking for to stop procrastinating and making excuses. Since this is personal, I’m going to keep my username and project title between me and NaNoWriMo for now. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you up to date on my progress. Right now I have 858 words written. Hey it’s a start, right? By the way, that’s all written long-hand between getting kids to bed and myself to bed. I think it’s a pretty for two days. Now if I could just find another hour in the day…
So what about you? Are you in? It’s not really about the 50,000 words. It’s about setting goals and being creative. It’s about getting you out of your comfort zone and getting started writing that story you’ve always wanted to tell. Who’s with me?