November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NanoWrimo). I found out about this amazing month and organization about two weeks ago in an email from my publisher which prompted me to go ahead and sign up.
If you don’t know what it is, basically, it’s an organization that challenges you to write 50,000+ words during the 30 days of November. Now, if you’re like me, the amount of procrastination it takes to complete one books just about equals 30 days or more.
** Last Seen took 16 weeks, clocking in roughly at 40,000+
What NanoWrimo has created is something more than just a way to push yourself into putting 50,000 words on a page, but also developed a community of people willing to help and motivate you along the way.
Tonight I had a chance to attend the Houston Regional Kick-Off Party and being the eternal introvert that I am, I was sure glad I was able to make it. Everyone loves the feeling of being in a room full of the like-minded, each bringing a different sort of energy.
I scored a new book too! Can’t wait to crack this baby open. I may post later about Writing and Alcoholism because I’m probably on the verge of it myself. But, that’s neither here nor there.
What’s almost here is November 1st! 4 days and counting until I begin writing Compulsive, what I’m hoping will be the beginning of a three-part series based around 13 deadly sins (more about that in a separate post).
Overall, not only am I looking forward to the end of the month when I win -and I WILL win- but I’m also excited about getting to know new people and putting myself out there to make new friends in the process. There are people who have been doing this every year for a number of years which makes me wish I’d found out about the organization sooner and maybe it wouldn’t have taken me nearly three years to write my first book.
With all that said, I think my biggest problem is going to be FOCUS, I lose it so often that I’d start off writing and get into a good pace, then, my mind wonders off and I’d have started browsing Facebook or watching endless hours of random internet videos and Netflix.
If you’re wondering whether you should get into it or not, think of it as a chance to unlock your hidden potential. You’d never know what you could do until you try it! Even if you get 50.000 words worth of jumbled/scrambled things that cross your mind you’ll still have the added confidence that you did something you thought you couldn’t and that’s a satisfaction worth having.
**Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.