National Novel Writing Month starts November 1. That means I have just one month to get revved up and ready to write. This will be my fifth year doing NaNoWriMo. You would think after getting it done, 50,000 words, every year for five years, that it would seem easy by now. Or at least easier. But every year I face it with the same confusing mix of dread and anticipation. Every year I change the idea for my “nano novel” a dozen times during October. Every year I tell myself I can’t possibly do it this time: I don’t have a decent idea, I don’t know what to write, and besides, I’m too busy.
There is too much going on in my life right now. No way can I write a whole novel during November. And what idiot decided to make it November, anyway? We have deer season (a two week national holiday in my neck of the woods) plus Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas shopping rush. My granddaughter turns eighteen in November. Big party. I can’t miss that, can I? When am I supposed to find time to write a novel?
WordPress sent out a challenge out this week. In order to get ready for the madness of November we should blog every single day during October. The Post A Day Challenge, they call it. Get in the habit of writing something every day. Get your fingers limbered up. Why not? That will make it so much easier, don’t you think? Write every day for TWO months instead of just one!
Okay. I’m in.