NaNoWriMo, I’m Taking the Challenge!
National Novel Writing Month is a challenge that begin in 1999 and has widely exploded over the internet in recent years. It has humble beginnings but has lead to several success stories. But above all, it is a call to action to writers everywhere to stop wishing and start doing. That is why, this November, I’m taking the challenge.
- Yeah yeah that’s all well and fine but I’m sure you find yourself asking what is National Novel Writing Month? It’s a creative writing challenge that has one simple goal. On November 1st, participants begin writing a 50,000 word novel that must be completed by the end of November 30th. While most novels are longer than the 50,000 word threshold, the point is to get writers to knock out that first draft.
This is a challenge I’ve quietly participated in before. In 2013 I used NaNoWriMo to complete my first rough draft to a novel. The title of which is still pending (maybe you’re hear more about that project at a later time). I know what you’re thinking, that isn’t what the challenge is about? You’re supposed to write a new novel, not finish another one. I did not write a new manuscript from zero words to a 50,000 word count.
You’re right. So in essence, I kind of cheated. I used the principle of the challenge to finish one I’d already started, ultimately writing more that just the 50,000 words the challenge required. Isn’t that the point? At the heart of this challenge, the goal is simple. The true heart of the challenge is to get off your butt (or in this case sit down on it) and start typing. That’s what I hope to do again. This time, I do hope to write a new novel from the ground up while also planning to chronicle the process.
Why am I chronicling my progress?
While I admittedly have a lot to learn, I’ve learned a lot from blogs and author websites on the craft of writing. I do not pretend that I’m an authority on the subject so please do not confuse my words. What I do mean is that by sharing their progresses and methods, I’ve learned how to try different methods and techniques from others that have made my work better. So hopefully through my updates, I too can help someone, network with other aspiring authors, or maybe even inspire someone.
I know that 50,000 words in one month, while working a full-time job, will be difficult. I’ve already shared my success story. But My NaNoWriMo story, like with most things in life that are worth anything, also come with some failures as well. I’ve failed several more times than I succeeded. In 2012, I wanted to attempt the challenge, but ultimately gave into my fear of failure. I wasn’t yet confident enough in my own abilities. I also made plans to participate in the challenge the previous two years. Two years ago, I simply watched as the month flew by. I had no free time to dedicate to this hobby. Last year, I planned to start but didn’t have the proper idea to start a new novel. I also didn’t have a half started manuscript to fall back on like before. I lacked the proper motivation, or as some writers say I had lost my muse. I had failed to plan and therefore planned to fail.
Blogging my experiences throughout the challenge will hold me accountable. It will hold me accountable to myself and my aspirations. Through these updates, I’ll be able to keep myself on track. Maybe I’ll even help someone who’s been wanting to tackle writing a novel but doesn’t know how to begin.
It will also hold me accountable to you as well, who I hope tag along on this journey with me. You will be a part of my ups and downs. You can relish in my successes and lament my failures. I certainly welcome the feedback. Who knows, you might even join the challenge with me or decide to participate next year. There are all kinds of challenges out there for writers. Zero Draft 30, for example, is a great challenge for writing scripts.
And so it begins. Soon I will follow this post up with some insight into some of the preparations I’ve started working on. But, more on that later. Are you taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge? Are you involved in some other challenge? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you. Comment Below! And make sure you check out the official website of NaNoWriMo at this link