November 1st is here! A good month for moustaches, getting out your winter coats, preparing for preparations for Christmas and … WRITING!
NaNoWriMo starts today and as I wrote previously, I’m all about that.
One of the things that strikes me about how genius this idea is, is how I felt about it in the last few days. I’m already balancing a lot of “extra” things on top of my regular life. I’m working on an Android app with Marco (while learning Android as well since this is the first app that will hit the market), I’m doing the Stanford online classes and a lot of other smaller things sitting in the “to-do” list as well. Where in the world will I find the time to write a novel?
But if you sit down and think about it… truth is, there isn’t a better time than now. I will never have more time, I will never find myself involved in fewer activities. If I can’t find the time now, quite simply, I will never be able to, which means that I would never write a book, fictional or otherwise. Now this thought I don’t like at all since it’s been a dream of mine since I was very young to write books so clearly I have to find the time! That’s why NaNoWriMo is so great… if one day I have a book published, it’s very possible that I may trace it back to this one moment as that time when it all got started!
The challenge forces me to focus on the pleasant part of writing, which is spewing out my ideas and pretty much completely prevents me from getting writer’s block since I will never stop to edit or worry about quality until the month is over. If I have 50k words on December 1st… that’s a novel ready for editing and that is simply incredible.
It’s only been one day, but so far I’m well on track. I’ll keep updating as the month goes through and I will try to keep a high pace in the beginning, since I expect my “normal” life to get busier towards the second half of the month, so I would rather get more out in the beginning.
So thanks again to NaNoWriMo and to everyone who’s supporting me through this! Now let me get back to writing, I have a kingdom to save!