I like me nothing better than an unattainable challenge. I have been accused, you might say, of always looking for the next thing. But I’m not convinced that was the motivation for signing up for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, for short. True, last year when I heard about NaNoWriMo, I thought it insane and could not imagine putting myself through such torture. Why would someone choose to try to write a novel in one month? So what’s different this year? I’m glad you asked. What’s different is that I have finished a novel. There, I put it out on the blogosphere. For nearly half my life I have dreamed of writing a novel. And I’ve done it. I finished a novel, including three rounds of edits and revisions. So, what’s different, in case you need me to spell it out, is that I know I can do it. I mean, I’m not at all sure that I can accomplish 50,000 words in a month but I do know that I am capable of developing a storyworld, creating characters from dust motes and weaving them through a plot that makes sense.
Okay, you say, so you have confidence, why do you need to sign up for NaNoWriMo? Excellent question from the red-headed girl in the back. The truth is that since I finished my book, I’ve become overwhelmed with all of the information, most of it discouraging, about publishing. So distracted have I become, that I’ve gotten away from the actual act of writing and I think NaNo will help me return to what I love: the tap-tap-tap of fingers on keyboard as a world streams out before my eyes.
Though I’ll have little time to do much of anything besides my job, my family and the writing, I’ll try to check in and let you know how things are progressing once NaNo starts on November 1. Feel free to cheer me on, it will take something short of a miracle to help me achieve 50,000 words in one month. And you know that misery loves company so why don’t you skiddadle on over to the NaNoWriMo website and sign yourself up? I’ve heard it said that every one has a story to tell, maybe now is the time to tell yours.