I can’t believe we’re halfway through November which means we are halfway through National Novel Writing Month affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. Based on the suggested goal of 1,667 words a day, I should have about 25,000 words by now. I have 9,771. So I probably won’t hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. But that’s okay. First, I’m not writing a novel. My goal was to write 10 short stories with about 5,000 words each. I have one completed short story and two unfinished so far. I have seven more ideas which is a lot more than I had coming into November. I wrote seven days in a row which I haven’t done in a while. And the other days after that have been off and on. Second, part of NaNoWriMo is just to get you to start writing. NaNoWriMo helps you and all these other writers around the world take a leap of faith. Novel writing and publishing is a marathon, not a sprint. Starting is the first big step, editing is the next one.
Overall, I’ve been enjoying my NaNoWriMo experience. It’s been nice to be writing regularly and come up with all these characters and their stories. I do wish I could devote more time to writing, but it is how it is now. But I’m optimistic that it will change one day.
I want to share the two stories that will come from the two ideas suggested by some followers on my writing Instagram. I haven’t started those stories yet, but even after NaNoWriMo, I’ll probably work on them.
If you are participating, please let me know how it’s been going for you. I wish you all the best and even if you’re not meeting your goal, it’s okay. Try to have fun with it even if you have big writing dreams. Fun is part of the reason we got into writing, right?
Keep writing and stay safe!