Will I? I really want to. I really shouldn’t. But it could be so good. But it could be so bad.
What on earth am I talking about? NaNoWriMo, that’s what. National Novel Writing Month in which the challenge is to start with a blank sheet on November 1 and finish with 50,000 words on November 30. That’s November 30 – this year. No pressure there then.
A very large part of me is saying – ‘Have you gone completely bonkers? How could you possibly imagine for one split second that you could do it. 50,000 words in 30 days? In your dreams girl!’
Meanwhile a very tiny part of me is saying ‘But I’d love to try!’ – and for some crazy reason, it’s the tiny voice that’s shouting loudest.
So. Why should I NOT do NaNoWriMo? Where do I start. November’s shaping up to be a busy month. I’ve got work to do, talks to give, books to sell, family to visit, meals to cook – oh yes, and horses to ride. I’m already finding it all but impossible to fit everything into a day. But then that will doubtless be true of many others who take up the NaNoWriMo challenge – they’ll have jobs, and families, and dogs to walk and all sorts of other stuff that won’t take kindly to being ignored for a month.
Okay. Why do I even WANT to do it? Because for the past couple of years I’ve had a story bubbling away in my brain, popping up every now and again as if to say ‘Are you ready for me yet?’ and I keep having to say ‘No, not yet – please go away. But don’t go too far!
NaNoWriMo could be the perfect opportunity to set that baby free. I’ve been a Journalist all my working life – I know deadlines – I even like deadlines, because they concentrate the mind beautifully. And I like the idea that in this case quality can take a back seat, because quantity’s far more important. Getting enough words down onto the page is the challenge – honing them and crafting them and licking them into some sort of shape can all come later. After November 30.
Hmmph. In typical Gemini fashion I am completely convinced by both arguments. I can do NaNoWriMo – and I can’t do NaNoWriMo. I’ve got six days to decide – and I bet I’ll change my mind six hundred times (at least). Stay tuned if you’d like to find out what I decide…
This has been a bit of a wordy post (just getting in practice!) so I leave you with a pic of the chap who will doubtless be my writing companion if I do decide to take the plunge. Actually he’ll probably be sprawled over my lap anyway, whether I’m NaNoWriMo-ing or not – this is Buffet the kitten. Named after one of my favourite country singers – Jimmy Buffet.