I’ve been checking my email every day (as one does) and seeing an influx of emails that make my insides warm and fuzzy. They also make me panic and my brain goes into over drive of “TO DO OR NOT TO DO?” and I ultimately end up freaking out and stressing myself out for no reason.
I’m talking about NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is the long name for it, but most of us just called it NaNoWriMo. Or NaNo. To each their own.
It’s basically a 30 day period where you’re challenged to write a 50,000 word novel. You can obviously go over, and a lot of people do go over. Ya can’t stop the creative juices sometimes.
I’ve participated a few years. I won in 2014 by some miracle, attempted 2015, and attempted 2017. I got a little closer 2017, but then being a senior in college got in the way and I forgot to finish.
Now that I’m an adult in the real adult world with a little more time on my hands, I was thinking about re-entering last year’s novel into the contest again.
Yes, you are allowed to do that. There are no rules against it, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to edit chapter by chapter and get all that done hopefully in the first week of the competition and then after that go on to hopefully hit 50,000 words.
It’s no question I love writing and that I consider myself a creative person. I have 2 fan fictions going on currently that need my attention and another one just written out, possibly never to be posted. I’ve been blogging since like, 2012 for gods sake.
But when it comes to NaNoWriMo, I always end up second guessing myself and if I can do it or not. Clearly I can because I’ve completed it in my first year, but the thought goes through my mind of ‘What if I open the document one day and the words and ideas just stop?’ – because believe me, that has happened to be before. It happened in 2015 when I thought I had a full idea for something but realized it was far more work than I thought it would be. (That’s what I get for trying a magical world and not thinking of absolutely everything before writing.)
We’ll see what happens for this time around, I guess. I do decide to do it, I’ll post weekly updates like I TRIED to last year.