I know, I say this every year, but this year I mean it! (Just like last year…)
I’m going to do (and win!) NaNoWriMo!
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, the month of November, when writers try to write an entire novel (50,000 words) in a month.
Writing is my escape, my therapy, my solace. When I’m feeling troubled, I turn to the page — whether that’s reading or writing — for comfort.
The past few months have been pretty hard as I struggle with depression and anxiety, like many of my fellow authors. Oddly, the pressure to write and the self-imposed goals don’t make the anxiety worse; they help it. I don’t know why, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I will just leave it alone.
With that in mind, I think I am going to do NaNoWriMo and win it. I have dedicated writing time with my lovely shenanigators every Thursday evening, and I plan to carve out an hour for myself (at my therapist’s direction) for myself every day. That time is to write, plan, and do things only for myself.
The trick is going to be deciding which thing I am going to write! I have no active projects at the moment because I finished and submitted my Sherlock Holmes story, and my Rogue Mage story is currently in the hands of the lovely Faith Hunter for red-lining.
What do you think I should write?
A poll sounds like a good idea. Let me know in the comments which you think I should write in November!
- A cozy mystery about a writer returning to her home town to research a her latest book and finding a dead man in the library
- A haunted house story of a woman who is running away from her past and runs into an even worse future
- A southern gothic, atmospheric story where the setting is as much a character as the people
- A romance where two weeks away makes the whole world change and things will never be the same