It’s official! I’m signed up and ready to novel!
I’d waffled back and forth about participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, as I had every year. In the past, I’d think about it sometime in September, forget all about it until November 3rd or 4th, and then kick myself for not planning better.
But this year will be different! What’s more, I’m not letting fear of failure stop me from giving this my best effort. With two small boys, ages 2 years and 4 months, respectively, it’ll be no small feat. But even if I “fail” and only write 10k words, or 25k words, or 49k words, I’m that many more words closer to a complete first draft.
The biggest thing I lacked before was accountability and community. I was scared that if I told the world I was attempting to write 50k words in one month, it’d be that much more of a failure if I didn’t succeed.
If you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo, don’t make the mistakes I did! Take advantage of the great resources available to you. Create a free account on nanowrimo.org and find your local group. Read all the great material on the site. Connect with other writers on the forums. And plan to go to some local write-ins if your group is hosting them. Nothing can replace the positive energy and motivation from writing in the company of other writers!
Be bold! Tell the world you’re going to write your novel in a month! If you’re a NaNoWriMo-er, tell me what your book is going to be about in the comments below!