Lofty Goal of the Month

It’s no secret that next month begins NaNoWriMo. But this month, I am having my own lofty goal: finish my novel. I am determined to have something publishable in the next year (with editing/revising, of course). So, I have decided that I will finish it in October, take November off to work on something else (hello NaNoWriMo!) then spend December on editing/revising/pushing it on my friends to give me feedback.

One thing I am trying out this month is Victoria Schwab’s calendar trick. If you want more on how that works, check out this video:

 

More or less, I am trying every trick in the book to ensure that I do finish in October. I don’t expect it to be nearly as long as the 50,000 words required to win NaNo, so it’s kind of like a prep month :)

November is Around the Corner – Are You In?

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Tomorrow is October, meaning NaNoWriMo is only a month away. Are you in? Well you should be. Today there was a Twitter chat about why you should participate. If you are on the fence, I highly recommend checking out some of the advice and awesome reasons why you should participate. If you’d rather hear my take, then stick around.

I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time in 2012. Before that point, I had never written anything close to a novel length of work. The most was a 16,000 word fan fic piece (which I had only just now discovered was actually that long). And that was a chapter by chapter installment that happened sporadically and inconsistently.

Anyway, I pushed myself to finish the 50,000 word goal for that month. And I won! But I realized that I was capable of writing novels. I was capable of my dream. It wasn’t some far off thing, like “If only I could write something long enough to be published…” No. I CAN write something long enough. Now I just have to work on the editing/revising/getting it published part.

So, if you have any hesitations, just hear me out. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t written before. It doesn’t matter if you don’t even think of yourself as a writer. All that matters is ambition and a desire to participate. It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish. You might find that you enjoy it and try again next year. But at least you TRIED.

Writing as an Outlet for Stress

Today at work, I was a little more stressed at the end of the day than I would have liked. Immediately, I thought to myself “I can’t wait to go home and write.” And just like that, my day was instantly better. Not only did I actually get to go home and write, I realized how important writing had become to my life, not just in my aspirations and dreams.

My characters will always be here for me to manipulate in whatever way necessary. And today, that was just what I needed!