You’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo. You know, that thing that happens every November where people from all over attempt to write a novel in a month. The idea of trying to write 50,000 thousand words in 30 days sounds very daunting and probably a bit intimidating as well. And maybe you don’t consider yourself a writer. Why even attempt such a challenge if you don’t consider yourself a write to begin with?
NaNoWriMo is more than just a month in November of novel writing. Back in 2015, I found myself in a quarter-life crisis. I was entering in my late twenties and feeling unfilled. I toyed with writing as a kid and even got my degree in English in college. But I found myself working in restaurants; the complete opposite I had imagined myself when graduating. Writing had taken a back seat in my life.
On whim, I decided to attempt my first ever NaNoWriMo that November. 50,000 words in 30 days. Well, did I succeed? Not even close. But I attempted something and that meant the world to me. But you might consider 50,000 words daunting. Little did I know that NaNoWriMo also does two smaller projects called camp sessions. There happens to be a smaller session coming up in July in less than month.
I’ve struggled to bring myself to write or do anything that I used to enjoy lately. I’m tempted to revisit old worlds and other novellas I’ve written in the past. The first step I have found that works in the past is to have a goal or some sort, aside from writing and completing a piece of work. Before I even start considering what to write about, I need to figure out, for myself, why I am committing to writing for next month and seeing my story come to fruition.