All right, I’ve decided. I’m going to do it again. That is, NaNoWriMo. Here’s why:
- My good writing buddy and precious friend Jenna left me this very convincing comment (my decision has more to do with her eloquent understanding of NaNo’s worth, not the bribe. Really.)
- I decided that I should use NaNo as a “reward” to motivate me to get things as wrapped up as possible with the anthology I’m editing so that I can focus on writing in November, even with the anthology manuscript due in December. Luckily, my co-editor has been very supportive in my sudden determination to pick up the pace and has joined me.
- I had an inspiring conversation with my younger sister that clarified how I could use NaNo as an opportunity to experiment with an idea that’s been in the back of my head for a few years … and it’s not the idea I thought I would be pursuing for this year’s NaNo.
- I realized I just need to get over my “Fear of Failure” already. Because every year that I haven’t done NaNo, it’s because I’m afraid I won’t make that 50,000-word goal. It’s hard, and it took its toll on me the last two times I attempted it (my first year NaNo-ing was deceptively easy). And you know what? Maybe I won’t make it this year. But that’s NOT a good enough reason not to start. If I participate, even if I don’t make the goal, I’ll still have accomplished more, whether it’s 2,000 words or 20,000 or 50,000, than I would without it. So, take that, you perfectionist, overly-goal-oriented self.
Who’s with me?