Long time, no see. It’s been a long while since I posted anything on this blog. I’ve been quite busy since January with finishing my degree and that sort of resulted in everything else being put on the sideline. After that, things have been crazy with moving countries and generally struggling with the unstable period that comes with all of that. Yes, I know…excuses, excuses. That’s not what this blog post is about and I won’t bore you more than that about what’s been going on in my life but instead, I want to write about NaNoWriMo and why I’ve finally decided to try it out this year.
If you’re reading this, chances are you already know what NaNoWriMo is. And if you don’t, it’s simply short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a donation based organisation that is aimed at writers. Basically, every November, people sign up to write a novel during November and at the end, you’re supposed to have a 50K+ word novel in your portfolio, all this for free (well, you still have to do the work yourself)! So this year, I decided that I wanted to jump on the NaNoWriMo train. Of course, you don’t have to sign up on their site in order to do NaNoWriMo, but the way my brain works makes it more likely that I’ll be able to finish if I’ve signed up. It somehow makes it more official. And in addition to the brain hacking, the forum has many subforums for different places around the world so that you can meet up with your local NaNoWriMoers and gain a social network of writers close to you.
Since I started writing again a few years back, I’ve always admired people who can finish a novel over the course of a month. But I haven’t thought that I would ever be able to write 50K in a month myself, with my average of a few hundred words per day. So what changed? What makes me think that I’ll suddenly be able to make it this year? Well, to tell you the truth, I’m still not sure I’ll be able to complete the challenge. However, I’ve started to believe that I might be able to make it. Why?
Since sometime in August, I’ve been writing steadily every single day. The output amount varies from somewhere around a few hundred words on the worst days and I made it to just above 3K words on my best couple of days. On average, I write about 1K words a day (which is a drastic increase from my old average from only three years back). So in order to be able to push through November, I’m already half-way there. By joining the NaNoWriMo community, I hope to find likeminded people and introduce the social aspect of writing into my life. And in addition, I might learn a thing or two about my writing habits by having set such a public goal for myself, both on the forum and by posting it here on this blog. And that makes me think that I might just manage to power through the challenge and succeed, simply by being publicly accountable. Time will show, until then, best of luck to all of my fellow writers!