I did it once back in 2009. With only minutes before the midnight deadline on November 30th, I crossed the finish line. Oh my, I’d never written that much before in such a short amount of time. A satisfying moment, for sure.
But then I remember, the long hours away from my family at coffee shops and in the dungeon (a nickname I gave my office space when it was in the basement…I’ve since moved upstairs and enjoy lots of windows and sunshine :0). My son was a toddler at the time, and though I tried to write during the early morning and late night hours, I often had to spend large chunks of time on Saturdays to catch up. I also fell behind on other responsibilities during that month.
As a result, I’ve been reluctant these last couple of years to jump into the challenge.
But this year is different. With my son now in full day school, I think I can reach my daily writing quota while he’s away. So it shouldn’t really affect my family time (so long as I don’t get distracted, which is never a problem for writers, right?)
And I have a story I’m itching to write. For the last few years, I’ve been tossing and turning a WWII novel idea in my head and on paper. The idea began with a character, but I’ve struggled to find her story. I’ve brainstormed all sorts of possible plots but it wasn’t until a year ago that I finally found her story.
Last week when I was reading a synopsis I’d prepared in a writing class, a deep desire to begin working on this novel grew within me. So I’ve spent several days creating a chapter outline, deciding on a working title, and researching all sorts of facts and events in the 1930s and 1940s.
I guess you could say I have my story ready for the 50,000 word writing challenge.
But am I ready mentally for this challenge? Hmmm . . . I think I may have just convinced myself I am.
NaNoWriMo here I come!
BEEing A Writer Questions ~ Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What did you do to prepare for the challenge? Have you participated in prior years? If so, tell about your experience—what worked and what didn’t in preparing for and completing the challenge.