Back in 2010, I took part in NaNoWriMo and completed it successfully (I’ve mentioned this before.) I wrote a story about a man who fell in love with a woman and how he kept meeting her as he reincarnated through different lives. It was a good idea for NaNoWriMo, because I had a set starting point and a set ending point and an infinite number of possibilities to go inbetween. Completing NaNoWriMo felt very good and I remember actually looking forward to doing a bit more writing each day.
I’ve decided that this year I’m going to try and do NaNoWriMo again. In 2010, I used the opportunity to work on one, single, new project – my plan for this year is to work on lots of smaller projects and I feel it could be even more rewarding to get it done.
But will I be able to do it again? Well, I hope so. In part, I’m writing about it publicly to give myself the extra push towards actually doing it. In 2010, I was doing a lot more writing than I do these days – it may have been because I was happy and excited to be in sixth form where I saw my friends every day and studied subjects that interested me. Seven years later, will I be able to find that same motivation while working in a call centre? I hope so.
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month. Last year (at this time) I was writing 10,000 words worth of freelance writing a day. Having done that, NaNoWriMo doesn’t seem quite the mammoth task it did back in 2010. Having said that, there’s a definite difference between writing piece for money, based on briefs and writing pieces based on your own ideas for no money. I’m interested to see how I do.