I did not sign up for NaNoWriMo this year. I didn’t participate not because I don’t like NaNoWriMo, but because I knew that I wouldn’t win, and there was no point in pretending that I could. Participating wouldn’t have provided any additional motivation to write than I already possessed of my own volition. Wanting to write fifty thousand words wouldn’t magically permit me to rearrange my life and affairs to allow for the possibility of succeeding. There’s still the day job, and there’s still the family, and there’s still the attendant obligations of house and home. Writing is very important to me – but those things come first, before writing.
Still… as we close out the month of November, I thought it would be an interesting excercise to look back at the month, just as a hypothetical, and see what it would have looked like if I had signed up to NaNoWriMo.
The goal in NaNoWriMo, as you are no doubt aware, is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Continue reading