Friday, October 16, 2009

Should I Nano?

By Marcia Mickelson

November is National Novel Writing Month and those who participate in Nanowrimo make a goal to complete a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. I have never participated in Nanowrimo before, but am seriously considering it.

I must confess. I haven't written in many months. I took the summer off because I just can't write when my kids are home full-time. I write at nights and since my kids have a later bedtime in the summer, I just don't write. I know, I know--that's a terrible excuse. Well, school has been in session for 6 weeks and have I started writing again? No.

My summer break has extended into fall and for one reason or another, I haven't picked it back up again. My excuses have become reasons and writing has been put on hold.

That is why I really need to nano. So, should I nano? I find that when I make a goal in which I have to be accountable, I do much better. I've done Tristi's writing challenges- BIAM (Book In A Month) and these have really encouraged me to write. Lately, I seem to need that accountability and encouragement to write. Otherwise, I talk myself out of it and let other things get in the way. So, you see why I need to Nano? If I don't participate, the whole month of November could pass me by without writing a single word.

So, who's with me? Who would like to nano? I've got a few weeks to talk myself into it.


kersten campbell said...

You should totally do it!! There is a book called "Book in a month" that helps divide out the tasks in order to write it that fast. I haven't tried it but I'm going to someday!

Cheri Chesley said...

Do it!! I did it last year, at a time when I was really struggling with writing consistently--as it seems like you are. Last year was my first year and I made the goal. It was an amazing feeling. Do it!

Marcia Mickelson said...

I think you guys talked me into it. I'll do it.

Jaime Theler said...

I'm almost convinced, too. I'm hoping I can finish up the rough draft of my current project in time to start a new one for NaNo. I'm not sure...

Don said...

If I weren't up to my elbows in existing projects already, I think it could be a great motivator. I do well with the challenges.