#NaNoWriMo and me

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When I first saw this hashtag I got really excited (doesn’t take much).  Twitter was in a frenzy of excitement about it and I knew it was something to do with writing but no idea what.  With the help of my bloggy friends I discovered that it’s National Novel Writing Month.  A month where writers new and established alike pledge to complete a target of 50k words during the month of November.  I instantly wanted to join in but was hesitant due to the enormity of the word count.  I am not a full-time writer and although I am on leave from work currently, 50k words is a huge ask for someone who has barely written before.

Then I realised…….

The word count is not the point – for me.  I have my idea and a brief overview of my children’s book already planned out. I just don’t always have the motivation or dedicate the time to writing for longer periods.  To be honest, I’ve no idea how many words my book is even likely to be – I’m at about 500 currently.  I’m also don’t manage well if I place expectations on myself as failing to meet them makes me disappointed and I run the risk of becoming obsessive about word counts and time.

So I assertively decided…….

I am going to participate in #NaNoWriMo.  But I’m changing the rules to suit me because writing should be a pleasurable experience for me personally and not become stressful and another thing to beat myself up about.  I’m not working to a deadline to complete a book, I am writing because I always wanted to and I’ve finally got the courage to do so.

My pledge for #NaNoWriMo is:

I will try my best to write every weekday (weekends are for taming the kids and putting my best Mary Poppins face on) but I will not be annoyed and disappointed with myself if I can’t or simply don’t want to.

My book will move forward in progress this month.

I will use this as opportunity to develop a first draft and I will not be self destructive if it isn’t perfect or how I envisioned because it is a first draft.

Happy ~NaNoWriMo everyone x

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34 thoughts on “#NaNoWriMo and me

  1. All the best with #NaNoWriMo I’m sure you will do really well. I thought about doing it too but I, like you don’t want to pressure myself. My book is currently at 10000 words and I’m happy with that, only about another 80000 to hit my target 🙈

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      1. Well I wish you all the best with it. In a nutshell it’s about the effects of child abuse during adulthood and centres around a man who endured abuse as a child and his story as an adult. There’s a sneak preview of the first chapter on my blog called A lesson in dreams if you’d like to read it. Xx

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  2. I really like your way of approaching NaNiWriMo. I think that the word count can be distressing and make you feel discouraged, when this is supposed to be about empowering you to write. I get that it is a challenge, but any writing is good.

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  3. Hello,

    I wish you all the best in your participation to NaNoWriMo! It’s great that you were able to set your own rules. I agree with you, writing under stress may not be very good in the long run for creativity. #GlobalBlogging

    Best,
    Sigrid

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    1. I hit enter before I finished typing 😀
      Good for you for joining in and giving yourself a goal, I normally use November to write my heart out but this year my parents are visiting for 2 weeks so I have a feeling I will not get to do as much as normal. But at least I’ll have family time. #GlobalBlogging

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  4. I was recently told about this and looked into it, but I didn’t really understand the point other than the motivation, I am not good at understanding the point though. #DreamTeam

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