Today is the first of November, which means today is the start of National Novel Writing Month! As someone who has done NaNoWriMo for six years, I’m excited as always to attempt this even though my life is already too busy. I’ve written about my past experiences, which I’ll post here and here, but I wanted to talk a little bit about why I’m excited for this year.
For one, I’m in a creative writing class for the first time in three years and I love it! The class is great and it has refilled me with inspiration and excitement for writing. Being around people who love writing like I do and getting the opportunity to hear feedback on my writing has been really nice.
Also, last week, the executive director of NaNoWriMo, Grant Faulkner, visited my school and we got to go to a talk by him. I also won a drawing for his new book, pep talks for writers, which I am so excited to read. That talk/workshop helped me figure out the story I am going to write for this year. It was great because I hadn’t had time to think about it much. And while I normally dive in pretty unplanned, I do like least having an idea of the character I want to write about and a general idea of the world and problems.
This talk was also good because it encouraged my roommate to give it a shot this year, which would be a great help in motivating me. I also have a friend back in my hometown that does it every year with me and we already got each other hyped for our stories.
This year is different because I am not in Spain like last year. Last year I spent a lot of time in cafes working on my story, which I miss so much. I think I will attempt to do that again this year, it just feels different doing it here in CA.
As Grant and many other people say, stating aloud that you are trying to do something helps you get that goal done. So here I am, stating here, that I am attempting this challenge of 50,000 words… we shall see what happens.