October 1st hit on Saturday, and the website was finally refreshed. Everyone’s buzzing – novels are being thought up, characters are being talked to. NaNoWriMo begins in less than a month.
Last year, at this point I wasn’t really feeling it. I remember writing a blog post about how I didn’t really want to participate that year, and how I felt like I was only doing it because I’d participated every year since 2008. And yet, by November 30 last year I had 50,101 words. I still don’t really know how I did it.
This year, my mindset is – thankfully – a lot better. I’m so excited this year – I have my novel idea, my rough plans, my somewhat-developed characters, and I’m eager to continue planning until the end of the month. I’m excited for the challenge again; and, most of all, to get this idea I’ve had since July onto paper. (Well, Word document.)
The joke is, last year I knew I’d have the time to win. This year, I’m extremely doubtful. Ask anyone with a full-time job and they’ll tell you that participating in NaNo while working is pretty risky – you’re limited largely to evenings and weekends, and if you fall behind, it may be a week until you can sit down to catch up. This will be the first time I’m attempting NaNo while working these hours, and I’m quite nervous about it. Participating in NaNoWriMo is a full-time thing in itself, particularly if you need some encouragement to hit that 1,667 words each day.
But the great thing is, this year I’m really eager to try. I know that it’ll be hard – probably the hardest since I started participating – but that is, currently, just making the challenge more appealing. It means that I’ll have to prepare more in October, and preferably have a concrete plan by the start of November that I can work from. It means I’ll have to squeeze in writing to any minute I have spare during the month itself, including lunchtimes and mornings – something I don’t normally incorporate into my routine. And it also means that any wordcount I manage – even if I don’t hit 50k – will be an even bigger achievement this year.
NaNoWriMo is such a great thing. And I really, really can’t wait for it.
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