So, I’ve been going back and forth about NaNoWriMo… I had this great list of totally valid and reasonable excuses for NOT participating but as of today, I decided to go for it. What’s the worst that can happen?
For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is (and given the target audience of this blog, that’s probably just my mother-in-law – Hi Gael!), it’s a month long writing extravaganza where people from all over the world celebrate National Novel Writing Month by trying to get 50,ooo words between November 1 and 30.
Now, I have some legitimate concerns about doing this. First, I have two little kids. One of them is four and one will be celebrating the big #1 in the middle of the month. And I stay at home with them and have no daycare. So this will pose the largest problem. Also, there’s Thanksgiving (which will be out of state this year) at the end of the month. And I have two full weekend traveling commitments, one of which involves 16 hours or so of solo driving.
But at the root of my hesitation is my writing style. I like to write deliberately and edit as I go and that isn’t the supported philosophy of NaNoWriMo. The idea for this is more carpet-bombing and cleaning up the mess in December. But I don’t love re-writing. In my world, I’d rather take the time to do it properly (whatever that means) the first time. That’s not to say that I don’t expect re-writes anyway, but I think they would be less global if I write more slowly.
But there’s a nagging little voice in my head that tells me I’m just whining and to suck it up. The fact is that, enthusiastic as I am about my current project, I’ve managed a whopping 10,000 words in the last month and a half. I’m simply not making the time that I need to write. If I want to finish this project then I need to make it a priority and maybe NaNoWriMo will help me get serious. We’ll see.
I am cheating already, though. You’re supposed to start NaNo with a fresh project – you can plan but you’re supposed to have a word count of 0 on November 1. Whoops. So here’s to writing 50,000 NEW words this month!