This November, I'm participating in the annual event that is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The objective is to "win" the competition by writing 50, 000 words of a brand new novel in 30 days. The great part is that participants are competing against themselves, not each other, so anyone who reaches the word goal is a winner!
I first participated in 2012, 3 months after giving birth to my second child and I was home on maternity leave. After my first son was born I turned to creative writing as a way of doing something purely for my own enjoyment. When I heard about NaNoWriMo after the birth of my second child I thought it was a great way to connect with other writers and to push myself to really commit to a writing practice.
It worked, and I was able to get a huge chunk of a novel written during the month. I participated again in 2013, as well as in a few of the Camp NaNoWriMos that are held in April and July of each year. As a result I have two book length manuscripts that I completed thanks to the commitments I made during those programs. I have decided to participate again this November after taking a break last year due to travel.
I'm 5 days in and have logged just over 6100 words so far! I'm a little behind my daily goal count needed to keep on track, but I hope to remedy that over the weekend. I attend a weekly writer's group here in Paris on Saturday mornings, and I think this Saturday I may just stick around the cafe when the meetup is over to write as much as I can!
If you're interested in writing and think this may be the type of thing that interests you, check it out at nanowrimo.org. It's a lot of fun, and it's a great way to commit to a writing practice. Otherwise, just wish me luck, and I'll keep you updated as the month moves forward!