If you’re into various author and writing forums you’ll be aware of this looming thing tht happens every year now called NaNoWriMo… which basically stands for National Novel Writing Month. Its a global call to action for writers to pen a novel of 50,000 words within the month of November.
It’s a great idea and particularly helpful for anyone in need of a jolt to their writing habits. I for one am very tempted as ameans of testing myself to see if I can do it – but then I am the competitive type. And I know my habits lately have fallen a little flat in terms of dedicated daily or even weekly work on manuscripts.
And – while this is a site for Non-Fiction authors, the real hook here is that the better we craft our abilities to write stories, the better our non-fiction writing becomes.
But – I’m very torn by the idea of focusing what amounts to mayby 50-80 hours within November – a busy time anyway for me – with a new project when I perhaps really should be focusing on projects I’m already committed to.
But what would I give up to do this? Facebook in the mornings? Watching the news at 6 for a month? How can I fit in an extra hour every day – maybe somedays two whole hours – to undertake drafting another novel. Maybe I can give up reading for a month?
On the persuasion side of this conundrum, I have two stories that I really do need to write a sequel to and I know if I got going, I could bang the first draft out quite quickly. I’m bothered mostly by the idea that if I really want to be a writer, I must write – and I know in my guts that I’m not doing enough of that.
If I joined one of the many groups who all focus on helping move the project forward and holding us all accountable I could get a lot out of that. the NaNoWriMo official site has a great process and members all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of authors all writing together does sound like a brilliant project to be part of…
So what’s a girl to do?
Stay tuned… I’m still deciding!
If anyone else is thinking about it and stillon the fence with the idea at this last end of October, maybe we should compare notes on what’s holding us back and what really is pushing us forward.