Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It kinda looks like something off the periodic table. It actually stands for National Novel Writing Month – each November, thousands of writers around the world commit to writing a 50,000-word rough draft novel. Did I mention the challenge covered 30 days? 50,000 words in one month.
First time I saw the challenge I laughed out loud and thought to myself – “good luck with that.” The second time, I was like “oh hell no” and now, about after the 100th time it’s crawled up in my psyche and embedded itself.
Frankly, I don’t have a novel in me yet – I struggle with 500 words a day – to accomplish 50k words I’d have to average 1,667 words a day. And while I have found my voice in writing about productivity and day to day challenges – my fiction voice remains to be discovered. So why even consider the NaNoWriMo?
We’ve talked many many times over this past month about what you want to be about…
“It’s not enough to be busy; the ants are busy; we must ask: ‘What are we busy about?'” – Henry David Thoreau
This October 31-day challenge here at STC and over at the DJRanch has been intense – each day I sit down to an undercurrent of panic – what if no words come? I have no idea of what to say! I can’t see the big picture. Am I wasting my time? And each day I have to push aside those thoughts and just write. Some days I’m utterly amazed at the resulting work. Other days I’m like “good enough is good enough” – but I’m doing it, and when it’s over, I’ll be able to hive-five myself.
Writing is something I want to be busy about.
But is the November NaNoWriMo my best yes? I’m not totally convinced today. I’m still tossing the idea around. Most likely, I will have a modified challenge for myself – maybe a smaller word count and a modified genre – I’m thinking memoir in a story format.
The important thing will be to keep writing – every day – even when the panic threatens to sideline my efforts.
What about you today? Is there something you want to be busy about that could be broken down to 30 days?
“A small daily task, if it really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” – Anthony Trollope
The beginning of a month is a perfect time to start and the 30 days of a month is ideal for creating a new habit.
I’d love to hear your ideas and if I can help you get started!
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