Now we're making headway through October, my mind has turned to NaNoWriMo which starts in just over 21 days. If you've not heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of November 30th.
I am currently debating (with myself) whether to join in. I attempted it last year and failed miserably, not nearly reaching the target of 50,000. Actually, perhaps I am being a bit harsh on myself as I did manage to get 16,000 words down which is more than I've ever achieved before so I guess I did achieve something.
Why do I want to join in NaNoWriMo? I've aways wanted to write a book, I feel I could write a book but I lack motivation to actually get going with it. I always feel slightly intimidated and would be mortified to actually let someone read it. Which doesn't really bode well for an wannabe-author does it. Starting NaNoWriMo last year made me actually take time out of my day to sit and write and I enjoyed feeling just a little bit creative every day. Where it went wrong for me was when I was too busy due to work or after school commitments and had to skip a day or two. I felt a little be like I was losing my way and I'd never achieve it so I gave up. I am a quitter!
Do I think I could do better this year? I don't know. I certainly don't feel like I could achieve the 50,000 but maybe I could go a little further than I did before. I'm just not sure if it's worth setting out on a journey that you are doomed to fail.
Sure I could just write anyway, without the pressure and see where I get to but I think I am one of those people that needs a goal or target to reach to push me on. I wish I was less of a procrastinator and more motivated.
Are any of you guys planning on taking part in 2013? Or have you done NaNoWriMo in the past? I'd love to hear from you to help me make my decision!