NaNoWriMo: Week One

Woo-hoo! Day two into National Novel Writing Month. How’re we all doing so far, folks? Feeling overwhelmed yet? Exhilarated? I’m right there on the front lines, with you.

I look forward to NaNoWriMo every year there’s availability to participate. It’s really like Christmas in a sense: there’s so much mystery, so many surprises, and an overflow of excitement at the thought of starting – and completing – the 50,000 word goal in such a short amount of time as a meagre 30 days.

Reminds me of  writers, like Stephen King and Lawrence Block, who sneeze and, poof, a full manuscript seemingly appears out of nowhere. They produce volumes of work so quickly, it’s like they never sleep! Genuinely, they are Masters of the Craft.

I’m a slow writer as it is, because I overthink everything and let life drag me around by the back pocket. But the lifestyle of authorship is something so dear and important to me – as I am sure it is to all of you. So when November is near to roll around, I get super giddy and impatient. An excuse to execute my dreams and goals to actually sit down and develop discipline enough to finish something (let alone in a timely fashion) is simply just a beautiful thing.

Writers beware: whether you’re a NaNoNewbie or a celebrated veteran, the risk of burnout is real. As artists we are so hard enough on ourselves as it is, and this time of year brings a LOT of pressure into our lives – not even directly related to NaNoWriMo.

Much like anything we face day-to-day, it’s all about having perspective. We can view NaNoWriMo as a stressful fight against all odds, or we can view NaNoWriMo as a lesson that can teach us how to stay productive. Whether you’re a pantster, like me, or you’ve got a stack of notes on standby, the most important thing is to just have fun.





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