This will be my third attempt at the challenge. I say "attempt" because I have yet to complete it. The first year I eeked out the first week feeling alone and ridiculous with the challenge. The second year I was a few weeks in but peetered out due to my inconsistency with writing and knowing it would be impossible to catch up.
In order to pass the 50,000 in 30 days you have to commit to writing every single day. You have to pump out about 1700 words per day!!! Imagine if you get behind. Two days behind and you already have to make up 3400 words plus the 1700 for the day you jumped back in. Yikes!!!
This year is a must for me! I actually added it to my 40 by 40 list (found in the right hand column). That's a commitment to me, by me. Aack! What was I thinking????
The problem I have with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month) is letting go. It's kind of a theme for me. I like control, I'm a perfectionist and I'm not so good at just letting go. In order to complete the 50,000 words you really have to free flow your writing. Just write whatever comes into your head. Let it flow out without correction, overthinking or really much planning at all. Not the way I normally work. I like to over-think, over-plan, expect perfection. Damn, I sound like a prudish bore! Hence the reason this challenge will be so good for me!
I need to cut loose, let the words flow, get the inner critic out of my ear, and fight the urge to quit. This year I need to take better advantage of all the tools they offer to help you achieve success. There are chat rooms, web badges, word counters, places to sign up writing buddies so you can keep each other motivated, there is merchandise you can purchase, and even a procrastination station!
I am hoping my dear blog is not too negatively affected by my participation as I am already pressed for blog time, but this is very important to me so I will press on. Care to join in the fun? NaNoWriMo.org
p.s. the fun begins November 1st (gulp! that's only a few days away)
"Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper
until drops of blood form on your forehead." ~ Gene Fowler