I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for years, but the thing is: 50,000. That’s a big number, like almost an insurmountable number. I’ve never felt like I wanted to participate, but I always was impressed with those who did manage to at least try.
So this year I am going to do it.
But I’m not writing a novel.
Ben Brooks, My NaNoWriMo Challenge
Three years ago, I tried to commit myself to duplicating Ben’s effort in writing 50,000 words of my own. It didn’t go as planned. In fact, I only wrote two other posts apart from the introductory one.
I know I can do better than that, so I’m trying again. There are a lot of drafts bouncing around my head, lists of topics sitting in Ulysses and Things, and a renewed energy to discover my voice once more.
A work/life balance is more important than ever for me, and writing has always been a great outlet for me to express my battles with stress and other challenges in life. It’s the best way for me to figure out what I am doing right and acknowledge what I am doing wrong.
50,000 over 30 days, just over 1,600 words a day on average.
I am ready for the challenge this time.