I am (kind of) joining hundreds, if not thousands, of other authors this month in a quest to do the seemingly impossible. In certain circles, November is called National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo or NaNo. The challenge is to write 50,000 words of a book not yet started in 30 days.
I am being a rebel by making my own goal and working on a book that I already had around halfway finished. My goal is 25,000 words (or until I reach the end of the book, whichever comes first), and I am working on the sequel to A Mighty Fortress.
There are eight big reasons for having a shorter goal:
- My little brother has a birthday on Wednesday. (I can’t believe he will be 3 already!)
- My mom has a birthday.
- 6 days later, my dad has a birthday.
- Thanksgiving Day is always spent with family.
- I do little or no writing on Tuesdays because it is a crazy, busy, and long day.
- I still have responsibilities at home.
- I like to sleep at least 5 hours every night and I barely do that in a normal month.
- I will be spending a lot of time organizing marketing ideas and promoting my book, A Mighty Fortress.
There you have my reasons for having half the goal of the official NaNo goal. Now for my reasons to do NaNo in the first place.
- Extra motivation to get a first draft of Be Thou My Vision finished.
- Something to do while I wait impatiently for my proof copy of A Mighty Fortress to come in.
- I have always wanted to do NaNo, but with 3 birthdays, plus Thanksgiving, plus life in general I haven’t ever thought I would be able to try.
- I really, really, really want to get Be Thou My Vision rough draft finished.
Now to ask you a question. 🙂 Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, what are you writing?