It’s NaNoWriMo time!

A screengrab of my NaNoWriMo 2017 project in Scrivener

Tomorrow is 1st November and you know what that means? NaNoWriMo 2017 is go! That rainbow-coloured thing of beauty up there is my Scrivener project for 22 Cards, my NaNoWriMo novel. The outline is written, research is done, characters are profiled and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be *gulp*

Because it’s not already scary enough trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days (*double gulp*) I’m going to be starting a couple of days late because my husband and I booked a Samhain break back when I was feeling totally cavalier about this whole NaNo thing. We’re leaving today and we’ll be away until 2nd. Also, when I have to go somewhere or do something, I’m usually too wiped out to do anything else that day, so I’m going to be losing one day a week to grocery shopping and probably another couple of days over the month to currently unforeseen thing-doing. And even if my health somehow manages to be super amazing in November, I usually still have at least a few days a month when I’m not able to sit up at the computer. So really it’s 50,000 words in quite a bit fewer than 30 days (*triple gulp*).

I’m not stressing about that but I’ve accepted that there’s a possibility that no matter how hard I try, I might not make it to the 50,000 word target in November. And you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’m as prepared as I can possibly be and I’m going to work my ass off for as many days as I’m able to. If I reach my goal, that’ll be an astounding victory. If I don’t, I’ll still have made serious headway into the longest thing I’ve ever written and had the opportunity to be part of all the NaNoWriMo excitement for the first time ever.

I’ve seen a few things floating around the internet about how if you want something badly enough, you’ll get it. How there are no excuses for not writing if you’re really a writer. But that’s bullshit. Sometimes life throws stuff in your way and you have to deal with it. Not everyone has the option to prioritise their creative projects at the expense of their health, their kids, their job or whatever. That’s life.

So if you’re setting out on your NaNoWriMo journey with an illness or disability that affects your ability to write, work or family commitments that you’re doing your best to fit your writing in around, or anything else that may end up being a legitimate reason for not being able to write as much as you’d like over the next 30 days, I’m right there with you. The important thing is that we’re doing our best and we’ll get there, even if it doesn’t happen during November.

So let’s support each other and cheer each other on. Just committing to try something like this is a huge step and I’m proud of myself for taking it. You should be proud of yourself too.

If you want to follow along with my NaNo progress, I’ll be posting on Twitter as often as I let myself have internet breaks. You can find my NaNo author page here (feel free to add me as a writing buddy) if you’d like to see my word count updates as they happen. I’m not honestly sure how regularly I’ll be blogging during November because NaNo is top priority, but I’ll do my best to post some updates here as well.

If you’re NaNo-ing with me, I wish you inspiration, motivation and all the time and energy you want to dedicate to your novel

4 thoughts on “It’s NaNoWriMo time!

  1. Good luck Tanya, I hope it all goes well for you! I like your attitude to it, very realistic. 50,0000 words is a big goal, but even if you only get half way there you’ll still have achieved a lot, and it’s not like you have to stop at the end of November and it all counts for nothing.I especially like your comment about how wanting something will not make it happen. Couldn’t agree more. So many people go on these days about how much they “want it” without doing anything to actually get it. Looking forward to some progress up dates if you get the chance 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I love having a goal and a deadline (I’m one of those weirdos who works better under pressure) and NaNo is definitely a great creative catalyst, but I’ll be happy with whatever I manage to get done. Also, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into actually writing this story. I’m so attached to the characters already and while it’s been fun having them chattering in my head, it’ll be even better to get their chattering down on paper/screen 🙂

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  2. Thank you. That made me feel really good about the possibility of days I can’t write, because I have to travel a lot to see different doctors this month, and two hours on a train one way every week means I’ll be completely wiped that day and maybe the next. So I feel your pain! Enjoy your vacation, and I’ll be thinking of you as we both try to smash the keyboard this month!

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    1. I know I’m going to be fighting with myself a bit on days when my brain wants to write but my body can’t manage it. I’m determined to actually enjoy NaNoWriMo and try not to put a silly amount of pressure on myself. Slowly learning that looking after myself needs to be a priority!

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