So in an unexpected twist, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Now for those of you who don’t know, this stands for National Novel Writing Month – November, to be precise.
What this means is that I’m attempting to write a novel in a month. 50,000 words in 30 days, which is roughly 1667 words per day.
Why am I doing this when I have about 100 other things I could be doing instead for school, work, etc?
Well, because I want to. Some people know this about me, others182 don’t, but I don’t just love to write literature papers. I have always loved creative writing. I even used to average about one novel draft per summer when I was younger and the depression wasn’t so bad. Lately I’ve been writing a lot more poetry than I ever have before, but I’ve missed my novels.
With how, relatively speaking, good of a handle I’ve had on my mental illness stuff lately, I thought that now would be a good time to try and get back into it. So far, it feels really good. Yeah, it’s only been 4 days – but I’m on track, (a little ahead actually) with my word count, I’m enjoying what I’m writing, and it’s actually giving me a really nice break from stress so far.
If you’re doing NaNo and would like to be my friend on the website, here is a link to my profile and I figured I would give y’all a weekly, maybe bi-weekly, update on my word counts:
One: 1824 words
Two: 1932 words
Three: 1683 words
Four: (so far) 2023 words (!!)
Total: 7464 words
Altogether this is the most I’ve written in quite awhile so while it may not seem like much to some, I’m really proud of myself for keeping with it so far. Honestly, the beginning and figuring out the start of the plot is always one of the hardest parts. But I’m pushing through and that’s what matters!
Are any of you trying NaNoWriMo? First time or have you done it before?