This is my fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo. The first time I really participated in 2013 (and won!) it was a thrilling challenge filled with adrenaline and feverish typing. As the years have passed, however, the challenge has become easier. It used to take me hours to write 1,000 words. Now, if I put my mind to it, I can write close to 1,500 words in under an hour. The real challenge NaNoWriMo presented the past two years was finding the time to write rather than the previous struggle of writing fast enough. College takes up a lot of my time and energy and when all my work is done for the day, I’d much rather watch an episode of our current K-Drama with my family than write another scene or two.
Last year, I completed the 50,000 word mark in Endeavoring, the prequel to Everlasting. I haven’t touched that project since March and was hoping to finish it during NaNoWriMo this year. However, I had an important deadline this fall to complete four Lumerit courses (12 credits) by Christmas, so I was not able to finish the other two projects I had planned to work on in September and October. So, this year I’m doing things a little differently.
Instead of finishing Endeavoring, I am going to use NaNoWriMo as a motivator to finish two separate writing projects. I am writing a short story for a Snow White fairy tale retelling contest and the deadline is mid-December. The maximum word count is 20,000 and I have written almost 9,000 so far. During the first half of November, I hope to write the remaining 11,000 words and with whatever is left of November, I am going to finish my second edit of Bridget Returns.
NaNoWriMo really crept up on me this year. In September, I was juggling the above mentioned projects as well as school. I kept thinking that I would finish in the next couple weeks and then I could think about what how I wanted to continue working on Endeavoring for NaNo. Then, October came and went. And now November begins on Wednesday. As time flew by, I realized two things:
- I am not going to try and write 50,000 words in any project this year.
- But I am not going to let another month slip by with my projects sitting on my computer, waiting to be opened.
My favorite part of NaNoWriMo is that no matter how accustomed I get to the challenge or much easier it gets to write 1,000 words, it always give me the motivation I need to reach a certain goal. NaNoWriMo is a month where dedicated writers set aside time to work on their projects. During NaNoWriMo, no matter how tired, busy or stressed I am, I always make time to write. Every year, I try and harder and harder to continue that momentum into the rest of the year, but even if I don’t, NaNoWriMo always returns.
I look forward to giving you all updates on Snow White and Bridget and seeing the goals other fellow writers reach this November! Also, my favorite writing buddy and cousin, Erin Phillips, wrote a fabulous and insightful post on NaNoWriMo and how it’s changed her perspective as a writer and a Christian the past few years! Check it out!