For the uninformed, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which has been designated as November. The idea is to write 50,000 words during the month of November (albeit a very short novel, more like a middle-grade range). That averages out to 1,667 words per day.
I’ve heard about NaNoWriMo for a while now, but it’s always felt too daunting to attempt. I’ve never been a daily writer because inspiration seems to come in bursts for me, with long blocks in between. When I’m in the zone, I’m in there and it’s hard to wrench me out. On the flip side, it’s hard to jump right in when I manage to carve out some time.
Here’s the problem: I’m a stay-at-home-mom with three demanding kids and a variable schedule, so it’s hard for me to write consistently. But as November neared and friends asked if I was planning to participate, I noticed that my planned word count for my current WIP lacked about 50,000 words–the goal for NaNoWriMo.
So I thought, “What the heck? Why not give it a go?” Then I got to work.
Surprisingly, for someone who lacks consistency, it’s been going rather well so far. The NaNoWriMo dashboard has some lovely statistics for the left-brain writers out there (not me, though I appreciate the data).
I’ve gotten back into the groove of this WIP and am excited to add to it every day. It’s amazing to think that it could be finished by the end of the month!