Yep, you read that title right. I’m attempting NaNoWriMo once again, for the first time in about four years. I’ve tried it a couple of times before, but I always froze up within a day or two. For a long time I was convinced I just couldn’t write to a specific word count every day.
Well, I know that’s not true now. In the past couple of years, I’ve had writing streaks where I regularly hit anywhere from 1,500-3,000 words a day. So I know I can write to a specific word count.
So why am I doing NaNoWriMo?
Since Forged Steel was published in July, I’ve been struggling to sit down and write every day. Or even every other day. Or, heck, even a couple of days a week. Partially it was because life got really busy…then it just kind of became habit. I wasn’t driven to the computer every day with the absolute need to write. ..
And yet, the desire was still there. Once I did it for a couple of days, I would enjoy it again–but then life would happen.
Part of this, I think, is because I got pregnant in June, didn’t realize it until late July, and began getting really sick in August. It’s only been the last couple of weeks where I’ve really had the energy to get much done around the house. And life hasn’t really slowed down even during all that, so what little energy I had and what good, non-sick days I had, I spent them doing other stuff.
Which is okay, I guess. For every season, etc etc.
Now I’m starting to get the itch again though, and I’ve also begun to realize that holy COW I needed to write the second book of the Crucible Series. I’d really like it out by next fall, and I’ve had the thing plotted since this April, so…
Time to get cracking. I want to finish it by the end of this year, work on smaller projects while I wait for the new baby to make his appearance, have a couple of months to adjust to being a family of four, then have Book 2 sitting there ready for me to dive back in with edits.
As I’ve been thinking about that for the last month, I started realizing what that meant–NaNoWriMo was probably my best bet of getting the book done by the end of the year.
But more than that, NaNoWriMo also sounded like a good way to start writing again every day.
So I did it. I announced it on Facebook so all my friends know what I’m doing this year. I even signed up at the website for the first time ever. Even if I don’t get all 50K done, I’m hoping it will provide enough of a kick that I’ll be able to finish it by December. I’m guessing the entire book will be around 70,000…that will make it just a little longer than Forged Steel, which clocked in around 65,000.
Two days before the madness starts…wish me luck! 🙂
(And GOOD LUCK to everyone else who is planning to endure the madness as well!)