As some of you may know, the first week of NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month for those who have no clue what the hell I am talking about), is over. Basically, the whole idea is that you set yourself a goal to write 50,000 words (or less or more, it is your party) in a month. If you finish by the end of November, you have won NaNoWriMo! Huzzah!
For two years in a row, I have tried to complete NaNoWriMo and I failed in the first week already. But this time it is going to be different. This time I am going to own it! I have a story in my mind that I hold close to my heart and that I want to have told, which makes it easier. I haven’t written anything for the story today, but I am still on schedule. I’m at 13922 words right now and still counting. Not too shabby after just one week, right?
At times it is difficult to sit down and write over 1600 words a day. There are days when you are filled with inspiration and ready to just get down to business, but there are also days when you think it is absolutely necessary to first place every book you own in alphabetical order. Basically, writing is not as easy as it looks, yet if you want to be a writer, like me, it is important to keep writing. Always.
That first draft
Which is why NaNoWriMo is the perfect opportunity to do this. I have tried to write this story before, but it didn’t go well and I quit. But the first draft is always bad, I realise that now. And now, even when I don’t feel like it, I have to sit down and just write whatever comes to mind, which is good practise.
One way of keeping up with this is already designing a cover for the book you are writing. You print it out, put it around an existing book et voila, your book already exists. You only need to write it and the only one who can do that is you. I know that sounds incredibly cheesy, but as with most things in life, it is as simple as that.
But I like the challenge and I think that after November is over, I will want to challenge myself some more. Of course I will keep up the writing pace as the story is not finished at 50,000 words. But maybe I will find another challenge I can complete as well. Who knows.
Have you set a challenge for yourself to complete? Let me know in the comments.