November is approaching which means the internet’s entire writing community is about to become quiet a tetchy when interrupted. Yes, it’s National Novel Writing Month again. This brilliant event takes place every November and tasks wannabe novelists with writing a 50,000 word first draft in only 30 days. I have praised this event in the past and continue to praise it as one of the best motivational tools a writer can have. If you choose to participate, it forces you to stop procrastinating and get that first awkward manuscript out of the way. As that first attempt is a very common stumbling block for new writers, we need all the help we can get.
My history with NaNoWriMo is not quite so impressive. I have attempted it three times and never successfully completed my 50,000 word draft. Last year I did get further than I have ever done before, and while that manuscript will never see the light of day, it was a big help for all I would go on to achieve in 2012.
Which brings me to this year’s event. In the past, whenever November has rolled around, I have usually been in a procrastination phase and so attempting NaNoWriMo has been nothing but a good idea. This year, I have a list of projects I’m working on, I’ve self published two short stories and I’m in a much better place. I’d certainly like to give it a go, but will the motivating benefits be lost on me if I’m already, to a degree, motivated, and would my time be better spent on more of my short stories?
I’m still thinking about it, but I think the temptation of NaNoWriMo will seduce me in the end. After all, I’ve yet to actually hit that 50,000 words.
Watch this space.