One of my goals for 2009 is to write at least half of a novel I’ve had in mind for a couple of years. My friend Jennifer over at Procrastinating Writers has encouraged me to try NaNoWriMo as a means to achieve this goal.
If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. In those 30 days and nights you are challenged to write at least 50,000 words. NaNoWriMo is all about quantity not quality; it’s about getting your work out of your head and out on paper, no matter how revolting the first draft is.
I was hesitant to commit to NaNoWriMo only because I really have a hard time imaging myself hitting the 50,000 word mark. That breaks down to writing about 1,600 words per day. And that would be in addition to writing my one-to-three weekly posts here. And don’t forget about Thanksgiving.
But then I figured why not? Does it matter if I don’t complete the goal? Won’t it be nice to at least have something accomplished toward this goal than nothing?
So today, I jumped in at the last minute and registered. This challenge is all about having fun with it, so if I complete NaNoWriMo, great, and if I don’t, hey, that’s alright too. Besides, participating in NaNoWriMo will give me an excuse to blow off housework and cooking. (We’ll see how long that lasts, as messes and clutter tend to make me feel stressed an/or anxious.)
Hurry up and register now so you can join me in this crazy goal! And if you need tips and motivation to stay on target during the NaNoWriMo challenge, sign up for the e-newsletter via Procrastinating Writers.
Good luck to you all!
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