Wednesday, October 31, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

I'm doing something crazy in November. I don't know if I'll succeed, but I'm going to give it my best shot.

When I was in grade 10, I crossed the finish line with a fantasy novel that had something to do with the balance of the world, death and life, and good and evil. I haven't looked at those 50 000 words since, don't even know if I still have them somewhere.

In my second year of university, I tried again. This time, I only made it to about 15 000 words as my story waned and remained unrescued. The going got tough and I gave up.

This time around is different. This time around, I have the full support of an amazing husband. This time around, I also have a full-time job that could have the potential to get busier than ever before in November.

More concerning though, I'm a different person than I was when I was in high school, and even than I was 5 years ago as a university student. My writing is different. The way I view the world is different. The way I view the role of words in the world is different.

I have no idea if I can write a novel that stays true to what I believe a novel should be that is still gripping and entertaining and enough to keep me focused for the whole month.

I guess we'll find out.

This is exactly what I'm doing: 30 days. 50 000 words. 1 finished novel.


(Anyone else? Do you think I'm absolutely mad for attempting this?)


  1. Jo @ To a Pretty LifeOctober 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Yay, congratulations! I've been trying to write a novel since I was 8 years old, but I decided against NaNo for this year. I just have too many other things going on. So instead of 2000 words per day, I'll be aiming for 400 ;-)

  2. The fact that you'll be writing is what's important! Who knows... maybe you'll surprise yourself!

  3. Okay, maybe I'll give this a shot. It'll mean less TV time, but it's a sacrifice I should be willing to make. :-)

  4. Yay I am so happy that you're doing it! I am slightly intimidated that you've made it through to the 50 000 before but also motivated since it is doable. What's your nano screen name?

  5. Nanowrimo! I tried this once in grade school, made it to like 1000 words haha!

  6. Thanks! Don't be intimidated - I'm not sure I have the motivation (we'll find out!) to do it a second time, but I know anyone can do it if they really commit and put their mind to it.

    Here's my profile: writing buddy me!

  7. Time to try again perhaps? It's not too late! :D

  8. Yes. I think you're totally crazy (said one writer to another). Good luck!

  9. Holy crap, I'm impressed! Best of luck!