When I was 15, I stumbled across an intriguing project: NaNoWriMo. The idea caught my attention. 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November? It was a writer’s dream come true. After spending the last days of October mulling over it, I jumped in during the first week of November, 2007. On November 30th, I had the first 50,000 words of a novel that’s giving me grief to this day.
In 2008, I did it again. This time historical fiction took the place of fantasy, and everything was a bit less planned than the year before. It was still a worthwhile experience, and my number of NaNo successes rose to 2.
In 2009…well, I did it again.
Today is November 30th, 2010. I can’t help but feel that right about now, I should be coming down the home stretch: counting down the words to 50,000.
But this year, I am wordless.
With a host of other activities and responsibilities vying for my attention, NaNoWriMo somehow slipped through the cracks. I hope next year will be different–November without NaNo is just a little sad.
But for all of you writers keeping your eye on 50k, know that I’m cheering from the sidelines. 50,000 will be worth it–and you’ll have 11 months to survey your work and wonder how so much less-than-perfect writing could have ever escaped your pen. Er, keyboard.
You have a few hours left, Wrimos. Write on!