Happy, happy, happppyyyy National Novel Writing Month. In all the cool kids circles, it’s known as, of course, NaNoWriMo.
Unfortunately, in my case this year, it’s more like Na-No Write-Mo. Well, I am writing, actually. But my goal is definitely not 50,000 words in a one month time frame, and it’s the first time in three years that I’m not participating. Boo. I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to take the challenge a few days before November. I was seriously debating about it when I looked into the coming months and saw term papers, sports club, debate, theatre, the university newspaper, a family visit, and procrastinating on the internet all coming, and coming too fast, and wow, wait, you’re sure I have that much going on and ohMYGOSH I’M EVEN THINKING ABOUT ADDING 50,000 WORDS ONTO ALL OF THIS? AM I INSANE? So yeah, excuses excuses (you know me!) but I decided that I didn’t want to go completely insane just in time for Christmas, and declined to do NaNo this year.
And although I can’t say I exactly regret my decision, I can say that I do miss all the NaNo-ey things that would be peppering this month, if I had accepted. Late night writing sessions with soda and popcorn and candy. Fun writing sprints where the Word document stays up for at least an hour, no exceptions, no distractions. The sense of being a part of a community of awesome, fun loving, dedicated writers. Plus, I miss the challenge bit of it. I miss competing with myself. Miss that initial thrill as I watch the word count surge upwards. Miss the slum that comes in the middle, solely for the rush that comes from powering through the slum, and making it to the 50k…sometimes on the very last day possible. I just miss it, guys. And I know I’m rambling on and on, so I’ll stop with this train of thought here.
I will tell you one thing that NaNoWriMo has done for me, though. It’s made this month into a freaking time paradox. How is it already more than half-way through the month? How, I ask you. I seriously thought it was still sometime in the first week of the month before I looked down at my laptop’s dashboard and realized for the umpteenth time–Erin, you have a messed-up sense of time. Somehow, NaNoWriMo always slowed the month of November down for me. All that writing put a strain on me, and under the burden of so many words it seemed that each day merely crawled by. Not in a bad way, because the days were enjoyable. But yes, definitely slower. Now, though? December might just be tomorrow.
Okay, I’m going to have to refocus myself here, because I just remembered that this was not supposed to be a post talking about what I miss about NaNoWriMo or blah blah blah. It was just supposed to be a shout-out to anyone reading my blog who is doing NaNoWriMo. I wanted to say: Congratulations! You’re half-way through the month. (Don’t Panic.) That means only a couple of more weeks until you’re finished! Until you’re part of that well-deserved winner’s circle. Because I truly believe that you can do it. I don’t care how far you are right now. You have two weeks, and that’s enough to either keep the momentum going, or add 49,000 words to that 1k you dabbled around with. I trust you. You’re awesome. Keep being awesome. That is all. And if you do end up not making the mark? Well, I still trust you! You’ll get there next year! Or, you’ll end up like me, talking about NaNoWriMo next year, and really, really wishing that you had the guts to stop making excuses and just do it.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so–no time for comments, get back to writing folks! (Just kidding. Leave me comments, and then go back to your writing. You know I love them. :D)