I’ve always resisted participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because I felt like I couldn’t corral my ideas and force them on paper every single day during November. My words need to be free! Yeah, whatever. Now that I have a 40 hour a week day job, I have even less time to write, so how could I possibly produce 50,000 words in one of the shortest months of the year that includes a major holiday? No idea.

A few weeks ago, after I’d wasted my precious hour of writing time on the internet and producing next to nothing, I saw a Facebook post from a fellow writer mentioning NaNoWriMo. When I first heard about the event four years ago, I posted my reasons why I wouldn’t participate. One comment stuck in my head: it teaches you to be a disciplined writer. Well damn. Maybe that’s what I need. Distractions will always plague me. The internet isn’t going away. The mind-numbing day job won’t either. I need to learn to block all that stuff out and focus. Maybe participating in NaNo can set my words free in a way I never expected.

My goals:

  1. Become a more focused and productive writer.
  2. Add 50k to one of my two WIPs. (I looked up NaNo’s rules. Working on a WIP is allowed, but you can only count the words written in November.)

This may not even work for me. I might be the kind of writer who can’t function in such a structured environment. But something needs to change in order for me to continue writing. I need to keep my day job to support my writing addiction, so the change needs to happen with me.

My NaNo user name is AmeliaJames12. Look me up! I need friends.

*Disclaimer: National Novel Writing Month will immediately be followed by personal editing, rewriting, revising, what-the-hell-did-I-write month (or two).

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