November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to have 50,000 words written (1,667 words per day) at the end of the month, roughly the length of a standard novel. I decided to participate so that I can finally write my first book. (P.S. If you’re also participating, add me on the NaNoWriMo site: miapet_2155)
I’m planning to write a memoir about some parts of my life. Which sounds vague, I know, but I am not 100% sure which direction it’ll take. But I’ve been wanting to do it for a really long time, and, well, there’s no time like the present.
To be honest, I’m hesitant to even write this post and announce it publicly. I’m not great at sticking with things. I’ve been “going to” write a book pretty much my whole life. This is the first time I’m actually attempting to put real words down on paper. I was “going to” start a podcast last year… yeah, that didn’t work out. I was “going to” start a literary magazine with my friend a few years ago… you get the point.
I’m tired of saying I’m “going to” do things. I want things to actually be done. I want to look back on December 1st and be like, holy shit, I just wrote a rough draft of my book! And be proud of myself for finally finishing something that means something to me.
Anyway, my creative commitment issues aside, I’m really excited to get started. I’ve been preparing for November 1st by making a list of bullet points so that I know what my writing focus will be each day. I’m the type of person who needs an outline and a plan. I don’t want to put myself in the position of staring at my computer for an hour and wasting time; 1,667 words likely won’t fall from the sky each day. I’ve also been making a tentative schedule so that I can fit in writing about 840 words twice a day. I think breaking it up a bit will make it seem less intimidating. BUT this is all speculation from a NaNoWriMo newbie (say that 10 times fast), so I know I’ll make adjustments along the way.
Side note, who picked November for this adventure? Thanksgiving is turkey coma day, not be productive and creative day. Sigh. I’ll figure it out.
I’m not going to be that person anymore who doesn’t finish stuff. From now on, if I say it, I’m doing it.
Wish me luck, friends. Any advice, tips, or tricks are 1,000% welcome - comment below and help a girl out.