I’ll try (almost) anything once.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, to the uninitiated) has long intrigued me. Write an entire novel in a month, really?
Could such a thing be possible?
When I saw the actual word count required, it seemed attainable. Write 1,667 words a day–every day–and you will have enough by the end of the month to “win” NaNo. Since I’d recently written thirty thousand words in a single week, fifty thousand in a month was not a big deal.
Or so I thought.
It turns out I really don’t like having to write. I can set crazy goals for myself and meet them because they’re my goals. Yes, I chose to join NaNoWriMo, but there’s been several days when I either couldn’t or didn’t write.
I hate feeling that I’m falling behind.
And every time I visit the site to update my meager word count, I get to be reminded of how much I’m getting my butt kicked by almost every writing buddy I have.
No, it’s not a contest. But this certainly makes it feel like one. And if you lose a contest, by default you are a….
I’ll let you fill in the blank on that one.
I used to think I was a fast writer. Well, one of my writing buddies had over fifty thousand words written during the first week! Fifty thousand words in a single week. I can’t imagine ever writing that much in a week, even if I did absolutely nothing else.
So now I’m torn.
Do I quit, give up, admit that this was a failed experiment that’s making me feel cranky at best and miserable at worst?
Or do I stick it out, knowing that I may “lose” but at least I’ll have a partial manuscript?
I won’t abandon my book in any case. I’ll just ignore the NaNo time frame if I “quit”.
Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo? What do you think? Is writing a novel in a month a crazy goal?