Three years ago I took on one of the most ambitious projects of my life.
National Novel Writing Month…..or NaNoWriMo for short. Summing it up, for the month of November, this nationally recognized program challenged all aspiring writers to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. It was the ultimate ‘put up or shut up’ for people who said they always wanted to write a book but didn’t.
It was during this period that I worked a very mentally trying job involving 24 hour support. So this meant being available at literally ANY TIME to help fix problems when they arose. There were days of working 15 hours and then remembering that I had to crank out my daily 1666 words in order to make the NaNoWriMo word count submission deadline.
Late nights definitely turned to early mornings in order to hit that 50,000 word length. But the point is that I did it…..but the manuscript sits on my table, largely unedited. Don’t get me wrong, I am immensely proud of that accomplishment. But I don’t like the idea of wasted effort for no reason.
Referencing Monday’s post, I think the best thing to do would be to add this to my ‘writing schedule.’ I have no idea why I’m more likely to accomplish things if I add it to a list with objectives. Just the weird way my mind works I guess.
I also plan on attempting NaNoWriMo again this year (haven’t really committed again to it since 2013). If you want more information on it, check it out here.