It’s like running a marathon but never finishing. I have attempted NaNoWriMo a few times, but I have never “won”. National Novel Writing Month means one sits down on November 1st with a blank screen or notebook and systematically proceeds to produce 50,000 words, roughly 1667 words a day, all things being equal. But fall behind a day or two and that seemingly easy task becomes a daunting 5,000 words in a day very quickly.
Last year I got a cold. I had to work and that was all I had energy for. I had written a few chapters, but when I got too behind I quit writing. Rookie error I guess.
Truthfully, I have not been able to really write since I moved to Colorado after my year-long sabbatical, during which I traveled to 7 countries on 3 continents (and of course I wrote about my adventures.) I’ve been “home” now for 2 1/2 years. With a real job to work around. And lots of excuses to not write. I’m tired. I have work to do. Facebook is just so totally fascinating tonight. My roommate put on my favorite movie, so I have to watch it.
I need a kick in the pants. NaNoWriMo is just the guy to do it.
I will try to keep you abreast of my attempts in my blog (which I also have not been writing lately. My apologies!)
Come along for the ride, won’t you?