This year is the first year that I will be joining in the NaNoWriMo community. I am hoping to complete it in my first year while also keeping up a good balance with my regular life such as work, family, friends and still trying to read a book here and there when I can.
When I mention to friends or family that I will be attempting NaNo this year, their first reaction is “What on earth is that?”. Their second reaction is then “50,000 words in 30 days? Good luck!”. I am planning this book as much as possible in the limited time left until November first which is fast running out.
I have wanted to be an author since I was in at least Year 5, if not before that. I am hoping that by attempting this year’s NaNo and encouraging other people that are also trying to reach 50,000 this upcoming month will give me – and others – the boost some of us need to get our butts into gear and say to ourselves “Why should I put this off? It is something I love and I want to be able to hold this story in my hands and be able to say that I wrote it. Every single word.”
If you are thinking of joining, then do so! Already I have talked to people in the NaNoWriMo community and they are very nice, cheerful and helpful. If you don’t think you can do it, you won’t know for sure until you try.
I can already hear you saying “I would like to, but that’s only 2 days away! There’s no way I could plan beforehand and then write 50,000 words!” Ah, but the thing is you don’t have to. Even if you ‘fail’ and only reach 5,000 words during the month, it is still 5,000 more words than you had before! If you find that planning shoves a brick wall up right in the path of your creativity; just sit down and write without planning anything. Just write and write and write.