You’ve probably heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Thousands of novelists and would-be novelists rise to the writing challenge that officially takes place in November every year.
I participated fully in NaNoWriMo 2008 and attempted to modify the challenge in 2009. Both times helped me stifle self-doubt long enough to develop ideas and transfer difficult scenes to black and white.
By December 2008, I had drafted a prequel to RITN, and at the end of AnNoWriMo 2009, I had written roughly 100 new pages for DeCo.
Despite the benefits–as might have been obvious by now–I am not participating this year. Not only do I still need to finish the two novels that should have been done, uh, a while ago, but I’m still looking for permanent employment while commuting every day to a full-time job, helping my husband with martial arts programs, filling a baronial officer position in the Society for Creative Anachronism, and attempting to help with housework. Somewhere in each day, I must also squeeze in the little but essential tasks of sleeping, eating, etc.
Attempting NaNoWriMo would probably kill me.
So, I remind myself that there’s always next year and wish all participants the best of luck. Happy writing!