I must be crazy or something for signing up for NaNoWriMo again.
Yes, I did it – in the end the lure was too strong to resist. All my objections died a quick death once I peeked at the website. So many people have signed up for it, I just couldn’t throw in the towel. There are many students, people juggling ridiculous schedules, and hopeful young writers there and the energy is contagious. So, why not do it? It’s a once in a year event. It would be a terrible shame not to participate.
Last year, I started writing with no clear picture in my mind and that resulted in lots of research but little actual writing done. It was productive in a way, just not the one I really needed to win. I know I can write 50,000 words in a month, rusty writing skills notwithstanding. I feel like I’ve learned a lot last year, so I won’t make the same mistakes again – getting stuck on the details and in endless revisions. I know how to pace myself, how to get keep motivation high. No, no more procrastination is my motto.
I’m still nervous. I barely have time enough to post regularly on my blog (my fault entirely for being too lazy to prepare posts in advance) but I will do my best to not neglect it in the face of the big challenge. I find that I must feel some kind of obligation to do well to write faster, so expect semi-regular updates on my NaNoWriMo progress. Well, the widget in the right column will tell you how I’m doing, I’ll just post something encouraging and positive every chance I get. Expect quotes and pictures like the one below. This will help me to build a good posting schedule too.
Enough of the chatter. I must start writing. If you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo contestant, good luck and may your words come easily! If you’re just an observer, may your patience never fail you; artists are such a difficult tribe. 😀
- NaNoWriMo: how to write a novel in a month (telegraph.co.uk)
- How I Prepared for NaNoWriMo (thesisterseternal.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2013: Want to Write a Novel? (firstnightdesign.wordpress.com)