So, I caved. I thought I wouldn’t. Right up until the last minute I thought I wouldn’t, despite the fact I had actually registered to do it – but then…
I wrote my first thousand words and announced it gleefully to Andy who said, “I knew you couldn’t resist!”.
That’s right. It’s National Novel Writing Month and I cannot resist writing a novel. Last year was such an eye opener – showing me what I could do and in such a short amount of time. A Twitter follower queried if I needed to do it again, since I’d done it last year. But that’s not how I see it – it’s not on my list of 100 things to do before I’m 33. I discovered that I loved it. I wanted to do it.
And yesterday, I discovered I still love it. Now, I know this November is busier than last November, but I’m not worrying – if I don’t finish, I don’t finish – whatever I do, will be a bonus and I will enjoy doing it. Because I find it so releasing – dumping my expectations of myself and my work and just running with it. It reinvigorates my writer’s spirit, if you like.
I’m not intending to shelve my other book – I’m intending to do some work on that tomorrow – but this is my little luxury, this writing-for-the-sake of it, this glorious sense of freedom. Hopefully I won’t hit writer’s block…but it’s amazing how the little word count box motivates me to push on through.
Another Twitter user said something like ‘it’s not NaNoTryMo’, but frankly I’d rather try then fail than never try at all. And I’ve done it once – I know it’s possible.
Here’s to NaNoWriMo 2011!