For the last of my Halloween blogs this year, I am actually going to write about something happening in November, and I’m not talking All Saints Day. I am talking about a challenge. This challenge is so scary that I’m not sure I’m up to it myself.
What is it, you ask? Well read on, oh intrepid ones!
Okay, here’s the challenge. I didn’t invent it myself, but I am going to try and do it anyway (other people’s challenges are always risky). According to the website, NaNoWriMo, which is short-hand for National Novel Writing Month, November is the month to finally write that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Here’s the catch. The creators of this website challenge you to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Off the top of my head, I figure that’s approximately 1666.66 words a day (4 1/2 to 5 typewritten pages, give or take). Why? Because they are sadists. And because issuing such a challenge, with a deadline, will give you motivation like you’ve never had before.
Personally, being somewhat of a rebel, I’m going to take on a modified version of the challenge. I have already started a novel, about 70 pages in, and my challenge is to finish it by the end of November. Doing it this way, I won’t qualify for the website’s contest, but I’m okay with that. This is a personal thing.
But I’m too busy, Kristina! you cry. I’ll write my book when I’m ________ (fill in the blank – retired, done with having kids, recovered from malaria). Well, I’m busy, too. At the same time that I’ll be writing this novel in one month, I will be editing another novel, potty training a puppy, raising three boys, running a household and taming a wild Rhinoceros.
This will probably be the death of us, but what do we have to lose (other than our lives?). Mostly sleep, I suppose. And any possible relaxation time. But what will we gain? A book. An entire novel filled with words we put together all by ourselves. It may not make any sense, it may be a pile of crap, but it will be ours.
To prove that I’m not making this up, visit nanowrimo yourself to see what I’m talking about. It’s a neat website and the creators seem like fun, albeit sadistic, people (although the two may go hand in hand for you). Also, stay tuned for weekly updates on my progress and feel free to comment on your own. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall. So don’t let me down. Also, just so you know, if I fall, I’m taking you all down with me.
Good luck and Happy Halloween!