Dear Everyone: I’m (Sort of) Writing a Novel

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Y’all, whenever I come up with a new project, I am super stoked.  I plan for the new project and talk about it all the time and am super jazzed about it. I make charts and binders and jot down notes… and then my drive just fizzles. It suddenly annoys me to think about doing the thing. I am not going to do it anymore. It was a bad idea to begin with, I tell myself.

I have tons of half finished stories, work out plans, diet plans, crafts, etc. just stacked away somewhere because I didn’t have the dedication to finish what I started. I don’t know when I became that person who never completes anything. I’ve honestly just come to this conclusion – I never follow through.

Having come to this frustrating and saddening realization, I am announcing with slight trepidation that starting next weekend, November 1, I am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month. (Known also as NaNoWriMo.)

What is NaNoWriMo? Good question. It’s basically a personal challenge (that many, many, many other people undertake) to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Last year I participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and I actually posted everyday! I do realize this will be different. Because, 50,000 words? That’s, oh, A LOT of words. A lot more than I’ve ever had the dedication to complete before.

Why am I doing this? Another good question. I’m doing it because I think I can. I’m doing it because the husband knows I can. I’m doing it not because I think you’ll see a book by me on the shelves next year, but because I’ve always felt the drive to write and I want to make myself do it. Like for real. I’m doing it because I want to start something and finish it.

Your last question is certainly: Why am I announcing this? That’s the best question, because telling everyone I tend to give up on projects and then following that with the proclamation that I’m starting an extremely large project seems insane. I’m telling everyone because 1. all the tips I read about completing NaNoWriMo say that you must tell people you are attempting NaNoWriMo so you have accountability and 2. a lot of y’all have always encouraged me to write and I thought you should know I haven’t forgotten that. I haven’t forgotten all the kind words and praise and excitement for anything I write and I’m going to use that to drive me to actually do this.

There’s a widget on the top of my sidebar on this blog that will tell you my progress for next month, so feel free to check in and text or call or message and tell me not to be a quitter.

Let me be clear: I’m not some secretly talented novelist who will leave everyone in awe with my 50,000 word masterpiece. 50,000 words is hardly a complete novel, anyway.  I am simply someone with a love for writing and a new found desire to stop being someone who never follows through. That’s it.

So, see you guys in December – this November I’ll be busy.

MKJ

4 thoughts on “Dear Everyone: I’m (Sort of) Writing a Novel

  1. Pingback: Writing a Novel: The Halfway Point Update | Musings of the Average Millennial

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