NaNoWriMo has begun.

This year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is underway, but yours truly won’t be participating. I’ve made enough attempts at writing novels on my own to know that this challenge is still beyond me. Short stories I can do when the muse strikes me upside the head, but a full-length novel is still beyond my reach.

Which isn’t to say that I’m not keeping my mind open to the possibility. I often will sit and try to think of novel-length ideas and once I nail one down I’ll see what I can do to actually develop it, but I won’t be setting any deadlines anytime soon until I start getting better ideas.

Still, good luck to those of you who are participating and I look forward to reading your works when you are done.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo has begun.

  1. Writing a novel is a huge commitment, and not one too many people engage in unless they really do have an idea that grabs them and won’t let go. I’ve been writing since I was about fourteen. I finished my first novel at the age of twenty-three, and quickly realised that I’d written something far too personal and self-indulgent for anyone to publish.

    I’m currently working on a second project, this one fueled by both my own interest and the attentions of various agents and publishers. I’m hoping to get a first draft down by the end of this year.

    I post because I really sympathise with the difficulties of writing something that long. It’s hard to make that kind of commitment while balancing the practicalities of the rest of one’s life, especially if they take up a lot of time. If you’re really going to sit down and churn out the thousands of words required, you need both an idea you have a lot of confidence in, and the necessary focus to make it a priority for a lengthy period of time.

    To anyone who is on such a quest, for whatever reason and on whatever subject: Good luck.

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