So, of course, it’s that time of year again. Granted, I didn’t have this blog-space at this time, last year, I am still happy to discuss the month it is: November, also known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The competition, as it’s referred to, is a challenge for writers to produce fifty thousand words in just thirty days. There is a daily average of 1,666 words, as well as a graph with statistics to let writers know where they stand. (See mine on the left). It’s only day four, but I’m well on my way.
I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, last year, in 2011. I was nervous when I started, unsure if I could actually pull something like that off. Somehow, however, I passed 50,000 words nine days before November was over. Okay, this is just me bragging at this point, so I’ll stop.
What I want this post to be is about my admiration for those who even try NaNoWriMo. I’m in my second year, very determined to “win” once again, but there’s no way I could even try this without the group of people who also do it. I have plenty of writing buddies, most of which I don’t know, and they are inspiring. Every day, I check my buddy page, so I can check on everyone’s progress. I like to see if I’m ahead or behind. And, if I’m behind, it only pushes me to write faster. Not that writing faster is always a good thing. But this month is about pushing yourself, right? Right. Well, it is for me, at least.
This year, I am writing a story I’ve considered for a while. I’m not going to go into that many details, because I am not sure if the idea will work. I am only a day ahead of where I should be word count-wise. But I’m pushing myself as much as I can. Not only would I like to hit the 50,000, this year, I would like to finish the novel entirely. Whether it’s good or not will be determined during revisions. I suppose I’ll see how that works out in December.
Anyway, wish me luck. I wish everyone who’s attempting NaNoWriMo this year the best of luck. Your efforts are never for nothing, and I’m happy and proud to be a member of this community. Back to writing.