Are you familiar with NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month? The idea is pretty straightforward. You write a novel (50,000 words) during the month of November. That comes down to 1667 words per day, give or take a word or two. That’s all there is to it. Sounds easy, right? If you’re shaking your head NO right now, you are familiar with the reality of writing 1667 words in one day…every day for 30 days.
Yesterday I signed up for my 6th year. I have only won (completed 50,000 words) once in my previous 5 tries. A few of those times I came closer than others. In all 5 years, I never actually finished the book I was writing. I’ve tried many different approaches- from planning and plotting everything out complete with inspiration all around me to just writing off the top of my head with a half formed idea in my head. The year that I won was the one where I was most prepared. The funny thing about that story is that as prepared as I was with characters and a slightly vague plot, it ended up not being the story I thought it was going to be.
For a few years since Kris came out as transgender, I wanted to write about the experience but was finding it difficult to know where to begin. It was that inability to find the words that was the impetus for beginning this blog. I hoped that the practice of writing about it would help me organize my thoughts and also get used to having someone read my writing. Also, for the past few years I considered using NaNo as the force to make me write about Kris. After careful consideration, I’ve decided that 2015 is that year.
I have just 5 days to prepare. I’m sharing my goals in an attempt to keep myself accountable. I realize that this will be more of a challenge than previous years because my house is much fuller than it has been in the past and this will require me to set aside committed writing time and locking the office door OR heading to the library to get it done.
Goals to be completed by 10/31:
- List 30 days of topics to write about.
- Gather inspiration and pictures from albums, print them out and replace the ones on the wall from 2012.
- Create writing playlist.
- Prepare the library bag with all writing supplies/water/snacks/headphones needed.
- Work on NaNo board on Pinterest for tips.
- Gather my tribe!
And so, it’s time for me to quit talking about it and get working on my goals. How about you? Are you a NaNo participant, past or present? Were you successful and if so, what do you think helped you reach that goal? I look forward to sharing war stories with you and if you’re looking for someone to cheer you on, I’m game! 🙂