NaNoWriMo – The Goal

As many of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).  It is during this month, that writers are challenged to begin and finish a 50,000 word novel in 30 days (which comes to about 1,600 words a day).  The idea isn’t about penning a master piece, but about proving to yourself that you can accomplish the task of writing a novel.

It really is a fantastic challenge and with a goal that is more than attainable (I mean, come on, 1,600 words a day is roughly 3-4 pages of writing, and the story doesn’t have to be final draft perfect, you just have to finish) it works as a great confidence booster to get you worked up to, maybe, finally start penning that master piece.

This year I want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I have a slightly different goal in mind. I have been struggling to remember myself as a writer, I used to be far more prolific than I am, I used to brainstorm and develop  new ideas constantly, then commit them to word in a flurry of keystrokes.  Now my ideas are fewer and farther between and they rarely ever make it to paper and I feel I’ve been suffering emotionally and spiritually because of it.  But most importantly, I no longer feel like a writer.

My goal this NaNoWriMo is to write those 1,600 words a day, not as pieces of an overall novel but as complete short stories.  I intend to conceptualize and write a new short story everyday of the month of November and to upload each short story daily to my much under-maintained blog.

Because of the stringent nature of NaNoWriMo and my warped version of the goal, these short stories will be rough, some may seem underdeveloped, unfinished or rushed, and most will probably not be good at all, but that is all part of the fun of NaNoWriMo.

Hopefully, you’ll come visit me over this next month, read my daily tithe to November, and leave a little feedback?  Perhaps even, you’ll join me in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words of your own.

(**I realize that I missed the first day of November…I’m going to have to write a double-length short story one of these days to make up for it**)

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