Life is Short; Signing up for NaNoWriMo

I didn’t know if I was going to write something today or not. First and foremost, my thoughts and condolences are with those affected by the tragedy in Vegas.  The situation is truly horrible. It really makes me think about how short life is.

Before I heard about the Vegas shooting, I was planning to write a post about whether or not I should participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I’m an indecisive person who has a hard time getting motivated sometimes. I’ll be honest, I’ve been having moments of self-doubt in regards to my writing lately and 50,000 words is an ambitious goal (for me, at least). And then something like this happens, and it’s absolutely horrible… And it makes you want to take a chance and not live life with what ifs.  So, I signed up to be apart National Novel Writing Month.

It’s gonna be a challenge,  but I’m gonna try. Who knows if I’ll make it to 50,000 words in a month, but it could be a great adventure. I have really amazing support in my life, telling me to just go for it and see what happens. There is a story  I’ve been doing a lot of outlining and research for. I really just want to focus my thoughts on writing a larger piece. Maybe participating in NaNoWriMo will give me the push and the focus I need. No harm in trying, right?

For those of you that have had that NaNoWriMo experience, what was it like for you? Any Pros or Cons? I’m excited to read your comments.

Write with heart,
Lady Jabberwocky

 

 

3 Comments

  1. I adore NaNoWriMo. It basically revived my writing efforts in college, and I’ve made a ton of friends through it also. I owe NaNo a lot of happiness.

    Pros: awesome community of writers who want to help and support your work, daily word quotas can help keep your writing moving, lots of motivation to forget your inner editor and just get a first draft down on paper

    Cons: not great atmosphere for editing (it’s actually pretty anti-editing), sometimes it’s intimidating to see others’ success when you’re lagging, 50k words can be a lot if you’re really busy otherwise in November

    All of the cons are negated by where you spend your time though. There are always tons of people who end up behind word count (usually me) and come back with roaring success by the end of the month (also me). Even if you don’t reach the official word count goal, it’s so much fun to be a part of the community while it’s happening, and any words are better than no words. 😁

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