Today marks the start of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. If you’re unfamiliar with this event, it’s a challenge to writers to write 50,000 words by the end of November 30. This equates to 1,667 words per day, or 2 to 3 hours of actual writing, watered down by poor word choices, weak plots, and clichéd characters, and buffeted on either end by mental reminders that you have no time to edit. If you are motivated by camaraderie, you can sign up on nanowrimo.org where you can create a profile, mark your progress, join chats, receive encouraging emails from famous authors, even see where write-ins are happening every week here in your town! It’s a great challenge and commitment to yourself, and it feels good to be part of a community of writers who are all attempting to accomplish something great together.
However, I will not be participating.
50,000 words is A LOT of words. The first year I participated, I wrote 50,000 words and then some. The year after, I wrote about half that much. But it’s been several years now since I’ve felt up to the challenge. I have the desire, but I don’t have the time, and if I can’t make the time, do I really have the desire? I don’t want to make a promise to myself that I can’t keep. My main focuses right now are getting more things published online and keeping up with this blog. And right now, that is good enough for me.
But if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, let me know! Tell me what you’re working on, how long you’ve wanted to write this story, and how you’re doing on your progress! Send me an email at Kate@KateLanders.com.