It’s a new concept for me and the first time I had heard about it. There were hints of it here and there in September, but I brushed it aside thinking it was way beyond my capabilities and only for the ‘experts’.
What am I talking about you ask? NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month of course.
It was a late registration, but I committed to it in the end, since November is the month that writers commit to writing 50,000 words from the 1st November to 30th November.
Days and weeks passed and I would see more posts on Facebook regarding this challenge. I’d hover my mouse over the registration button and then decide against it at the last second. Day after day, the challenge was tempting. Until one day, I reasoned it out with myself. This was not going to be a competition as such. No, I wasn’t going to be competing against other expert writers. I was simply going to challenge myself.
So, with the prospect of just having fun in my mind, I finally took the bull by the horns and completed the registration form and read over it a dozen times before I clicked ‘Submit’.
There, it was done and boy was I excited!
To challenge myself even further, I hinted on my Facebook page that I would be taking part in this, by sharing a post from a fellow writer regarding the commitment. I then told a few people close to me and well, the rest is history as they say.
I made a contract with myself. Yep, a contract. I decided that if I was going to do this, it would mean committing to waking at 5am to write as much as possible before the busy day began.
On the eve of NaNoWriMo, I was so worked up about making sure I would wake up and write early, that I didn’t sleep – at all. So instead, I tossed and turned, waiting for 5am.
On Day 1, we had a very busy family social day that had been planned ahead. This was worrying me. ‘How was I going to get my 1667 words down when I wasn’t home all day and would probably be way too tired to write at night?’
However, waking at 5am to write was a success, as I managed to write 2240 words by 9am, in between getting kid’s breakfasts and washing clothes.
By Day 5 and I had written approximately 12,000 words.
I’m quite happy with that. 5am might become my preferred writing time I think.
As I write this morning, I have to admit, it’s been hard going getting up so early and committing to write, but I’m happy so far and my story is coming along nicely.
As of today, being the 11th day, I have written close to 16,000 words of my novel.
I can’t complain, as this is the first time I’m ‘competing’ and I’m going to have a very rough 1st draft that I can play with soon.
If you happen to see me in the streets or at the shops and I’m in deep thinking mode, just mention the words ‘Nanowrimo’ and I’ll come alive!
So, for all those Nanowrimo’s out there – Good Luck!
© Gillian Du Caurroy 2015
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