It’s that time of year again…when many writers decide on whether or not they are going to take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It can be a difficult decision to commit to and since my last go-round with NaNoWriMo was in 2014, it took me until yesterday to finally decide whether I was going to join.
I decided I’m in.
It’s a tough time of year to commit to something so time-consuming, especially when I review my schedule and know that I’ll be taking part in this challenge while working around so many other responsibilities and upcoming events scheduled throughout the month.
But then, I’m a sucker for a challenge.
Besides, each month of every year has a number of responsibilities and events that we can use as an excuse not to join. There’s a saying that if you make an argument for your limitations, then you get to keep them. So why not make an argument for the possibilities instead? There is no risk in joining, other than that the coveted word count may not be reached, while the rewards gained from this challenge can last a lifetime.
And if I’m honest with myself, it’ll be good for me.
NaNoWriMo is great for any writer who needs to re-evaluate their time management, taken an exercise in discovery and learn to work around obstacles. Time management is a necessary evil when you have days full of to-do lists. An exercise in discovery is what can occur when you are quickly creating something and prevent yourself from getting in the way of your creation. And obstacles in life are pitfalls that may give you pause and make you ponder, but they should not prevent you from finding time to be present and ready to create.
So I’m going to work steadily with diligence and discipline as I inch my way down the page each day towards my goal. I’ll enjoy taking part in a creative process that will inspire me as I keep a steady rhythm and gain valuable habits.
Whether or not I reach the goal of 50,000 words, I know the exercise will still benefit me in many ways, but I’m going to do my best to earn my completion badge at the end of the month. I’ll be posting throughout November as I take part in the NaNoWriMo challenge.
I’m excited and ready to begin!