NaNoWriMo and Why I’m Doing It

NaNoWriMo and Why I’m Doing It

Some of you may have noticed that it has been fairly quiet over here on this blog over the past couple of weeks. This is mainly because I made the perhaps questionable decision to participate in Nation Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, this year after not participating in it for eight years.

To be honest, it’s a decision that I’m still questioning even now.

At one point in my life, I wanted to be a writer. I devoured a lot of books in my youth (sadly not something I have a great deal of time for now) and was always coming up with stories or adventures for games of pretend. I dreamed of putting those stories on pages for other people to read. I think a lot of us who grew up voracious readers may have had similar thoughts. I might have even thought it was easy.

However, as I believe many an author may tell you, writing a book is not exactly easy.

This is a lesson I’m rediscovering every day as I work more and more on my NaNo project. And I will be honest with you all. The novel I’m working on for this project is… not my best work whatsoever. I genuinely don’t know if I’d even consider sharing this draft with anyone or if this is a project I’d want to see the light of day.

So why am I even doing this if I’m not planning on sharing it with people?

Outside of roleplaying posts exchanged with friends, I haven’t sat down and let myself write a work of fiction since 2013. It’s been eight years since I’ve let myself just write anything for myself.

And to be quite honest with you all, I miss doing it.

I may not remember what my voice as a writer is like. I may not remember what I used to really enjoy writing. But the act of putting words on the page again and creating a fictional world is making me very happy.

Participating in NaNoWriMo this year is a way for me to try to reconnect with that and get myself writing again after a long time of just not doing it at all.

Will I continue to try to write more fiction after this? Who knows?

But if I do, I’m certainly going to go into it with more planning than I went into this NaNoWriMo novel.

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