A couple of weeks ago, Kate from The Suddenly Kate Show and I were discussing chocolate on Twitter, when the conversation took a turn and we were suddenly agreeing to enter this year's NaNoWriMo. Isn't it weird how things like that happen?
National Novel Wrtiting Month (NaNoWriMo) started life in 1999, which makes this year the 13th year (which happens to be my lucky number). It challenges people to write a 50,000 novel within the month. 1999 had 21 participants, 6 of whom managed to complete the challenge. Last year there were 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners (14%, if you're interested in figures).
There's a reason why I've watched other people taking part, year after year, and settled down contently not taking part. Actually, there are several:
- the only novel I've ever written that was more than 50,000 words took me more than ten years to write
- my mind goes blank when I'm given a deadline, and my procrastination gene kicks in to overdrive
- I'm not keen on first drafts, I don't plan and I don't write in chapter order
- I tried something similar in the past and did badly.
- I've been bumbling along with small projects this summer, but haven't started anything big since Cat and The Dreamer was published
- I want to know if I can do it... after all it's only 1666 words a day, how hard can that be?
- if I can get a new idea written, I can spend the rest of the winter re-drafting and try to have something ready to submit next summer
- it will give me a really good excuse to eat chocolate... brain food, don't you know???
But, I'm feeling a teeny bit insecure... what if I fail? What if I write rubbish? What if I end up writing the same chapter over and over again? What if I won't ever be able to string another sentence together, let alone have the strength in my hands to write out my Christmas cards? What if I eat so much chocolate I actually start to hate it?
Okay, that's enough insecurity! People have been doing this for years now, so I can definitely try!
What about you? Are you taking part? Have you done it before, or is this your first year too?