A couple of days ago, I made a decision I was not expecting myself to make: I’m doing NaNoWriMo 2016. For those who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is 1) an abbreviation of that and 2) a program/event/thing that thousands of people partake in during November in which they try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. And I’m going to be doing that. Sort of.
I have always loved writing, but I haven’t always consistently written; not since middle school, at least. I barely wrote for fun at all in high school, though I never dreaded writing papers. During my first semester of college freshman year (so, one year ago), I took an intro to creative writing class and I loved it. I wrote poems and I never thought I would write poems; I wrote two short stories, and I had never finished writing short stories before; I wrote a piece of flash fiction, which I loved the most of anything I wrote in those nine weeks. In the last year, I meant to write more “flash” pieces (between 300-500 words) but I just….haven’t. Until now. Hopefully.
My goal during NaNoWriMo is not to write a novel nor is it to write 50,000 words–I just want to write. My personal goal is to write 10 flash fiction pieces (or just flash pieces since most of my ideas are of nonfiction) and anything else I get the inspiration to write. I hope to make update posts here, at least once a week, to see if I’m actually writing anything (I bought a new Moleskine notebook just for NaNoWriMo, so I’m pretty serious about this). Honestly, if I write one piece this month, I’ll be happy because that’s more than I’ve written in a year.
To those who are taking on the challenge of writing a whole novel: I admire you and I wish you the best of luck. To those who just want to write something this month: I believe in us.
my NaNoWriMo profile