Well, it actually started yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. You spend the month of November writing 50,000 words of your novel and then spend December writing more, editing, or just crying because you just churned out 50,000 words.
I “participated” last year, like I’ll participate this year. Last November, I was finishing up grad school, so it was a lot of writing between papers and my novel. I wrote ~25,000 words of the novel I was working on, which I finished in January. It was one I had been working on since the end of my senior year of college, and I was honestly glad I actually finished a story I had started.
The one I’m working on now I started in April. The entire story is planned out in an outline, but I’ve been having trouble being consistent in writing it. I’m in the middle of chapters seven and eight—and the very beginning of chapter nine—but was stuck for a little while. I want to spend NaNoWriMo working on it.
I’ve made a goal of writing each day, no matter how many words I write. I’m going to use the word tracker on NaNoWriMo’s website to keep better track of my words than just my estimating last year.
I have to let myself just write and not worry about it being a little rough so far. That’s why it’s called a rough draft, right? I need to get the ideas out on paper—or technically on the screen—and keep at it. Because fiction writing is something that I do enjoy, and I think this novel could be fun to write.
Have you ever tackled writing a novel? Or fiction writing? Any advice to make writing daily a habit? I’m also accepting check-ins and words of encouragement.