Today starts NaNoWriMo 2017 and I’m finally participating again. For those of you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Basically, the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s supposed to help people kick start their writing and lose their inhibitions, writing down anything that comes to their mind. No editing, no worrying.
I learned about NaNoWriMo back in 2006 when a school friend of mine mentioned it. I started writing that year and haven’t looked back since.
NaNoWriMo was what helped me write my first full length novel. That novel was the first one I published…my pride and joy. I remember feeling so damn proud that not only had I finished that story, but I published it. I was proud that I was finally a published author.
That happened about seven years ago.
Lately I’ve been struggling with writing. I’ve been focusing too much on what was “popular” to write and trying to work through my social media. I got caught up in promoting and writing the way others wrote. I wrote genres I didn’t really like, and wasn’t really good at, because I was trying to build an audience. Then I spent hours upon hours trying to promote myself through facebook and twitter and my blog (etc) with absolutely no get back.
So, feeling down and out, I stopped writing. I didn’t want to stop writing, I just stopped feeling motivated or inspired. It’s been months since I actually wrote a real story. Sure, I started a lot of stories, but I never finished any of them. And I wasn’t interested in any of them too.
But now that NaNoWriMo is back, I’m determined to get myself back to my roots. I’m participating to get my love of writing back and hopefully will become more inspired. I’m hoping that NaNoWriMo will remind me of what I used to love about writing and creating worlds/characters.
By the end of this month, I’m determined to have written a full length novel that I love, and a new motivation for writing. I will win NaNoWriMo, if it’s the last thing I do!