(originally posted on www.createdbychance.blogspot.com on 11/2/14)
I’ve been talking about writing a book. For YEARS. Have I done it? Nope. It’s really easy to put off writing a book. Staring at that blank page, thinking about all the words you still have to write, trying to figure out how to structure the damn thing, looking for some kind of divine intervention…yeah, way easier to clean the bathroom and re-organize the garage than get started on that novel.
In an interesting bit of synchronicity, I have been lately thinking again seriously about writing a book, and stumbled on this little thing called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Basically, it is a challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. If you finish, you win. Approximately 250,000 people take the challenge, and only 33,000 win.
Well, crap, if you make it a competition of course I want to win!
So, I threw my hat in the ring. I had an idea for a Young Adult novel in October, so I decided to run with it. Flying by the seat of my pants. I’m two days and 4,426 words in. It is extremely helpful to have a deadline and to know that the most important goal is to just get the words on the page. Keep typing. Don’t get mired down in details. Start and JUST KEEP GOING TIL YOU FINISH.
This is the perfect set-up for me.
You may not hear from me quite so often this month, as some of my dedicated blogging time will now be novel-writing time, because I am determined to finish this thing. I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and think I WROTE A BOOK. A WHOLE BOOK!!
Anyone want to join me?