This is the story all about how I suffered horrible insomnia one night (last night), thinking about the million things I wanted to do this year and failed to accomplish as of yet, for various reasons, (one of which is how overwhelmed I feel whenever I think about the sheer amount of shit I have waiting to get done,) and decided unexpectedly to toss all that stressful crap out the window for the next month to JUST WRITE. I was able to write an incredible amount of new work in 2016, but for some reason this year has been rather dry on the inspirational end. Mostly, all I've done is plan, outline and edit with a few false project starts and getting nothing significant down on the page.
So, I'm hijacking the next 30 days, with the exception of the random ones where I need to go make actual money at my paying job (har-di-har-har, I'm making a funny!) and just working on something for the love of it.
I'm being bold this year. I haven't honestly done a NaNoWriMo in over a decade and I'm planning to tackle the newly outlined first draft of....
Yep, back to my baby, my BIG project, my first writing love. I aim to finish, because this project is too dear to my heart not to do it justice the way I feel it needs. And you will all be holding me accountable. I'll be posting regular updates as the month goes on of my progress. Tomorrow I'll post a nice little nano-counter for anyone who wants to follow along, and I'll even post a daily photo with my end count each day I spend writing. First one will go up on Instagram tonight, provided I don't pass out from lack of proper shut-eye after I put my kids to bed. More than likely I'll photo tonight and just post it with my update tomorrow when my brain is awake and hopefully being co-operative.
For those of you scratching your heads and mouthing "NaNoWriMo?" with a puzzled expression:
NaNoWriMo is a month long event where both fledgling and professional writers alike commit to writing 50,000 words within the month of November (30 days). It is a shortening of "National Novel Writing Month" and has participants all over the world.
While we all know from last year that I am quite capable of churning out a 50k first draft in less than a month (my current record is 2 1/2 weeks) BUT that was whilst riding the intoxicating high of inspiration, and an outline with some creative wiggle room! It's a bit different when you're forcing yourself to sit at the keyboard every day, whether you're feeling "in the mood" or not.
Currently I am very much NOT, but I refuse to let that stop me. I've been picking up days at my other job more and more, which means less and less time for my writing.
I started this journey in 2013 with the intention of getting this one VERY SPECIFIC book (that I had already been working on for over half my life) finished, published and finally free from my head and painting vivid dream-like wonders into the minds of others. It seems fitting I give it one last good push while the opportunity still exists.
But, goddamn am I tired! I must be a glutton for punishment... or I just love my work too much to care. *shrugs*
I wish all the other writers doing NaNoWriMo inspired stories and speedy fingers! Good Luck To All!!!