Tonight at midnight is the witching hour…I don’t mean just Halloween. Rather, the beginning of the month of writing 50,000 words towards a novel. This marathon is called National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short, or Nano for even shorter.
This will be my first attempt at this. I’m a little excited, and a little apprehensive. First, I really am not sure what I’m going to write. I have an idea for a murder mystery novel, but thinking of just working on some Flash Fiction stories to get my feet wet. I can always wait until next year to try for the 50,000 word goal…right? I’m apprehensive, because I have some fears about writing.
I think my most major fear is being judged. Not only other people judging me, but my self-editor that wants to strive for perfection. Also, that I will just end up staring at a blank screen, and not being able to come up with anything.
Luckily, I have joined a group of local fellow Nano writers. I really am hoping to be accepted, and to help support others. I wasn’t feeling well on the night of the kick off party. But, there is some write-ins planned including online write-ins. I’m looking forward to participating!
Another useful thing is that there are professional writers including my favorite, James Patterson who will be writing letters of encouragement. I just received the letter from James Patterson, and it was cool to have the support of an author that I’ve actually read! The letter was helpful, and humorous, and I think I’ll read it so often to keep running the race.
Wish me luck! As I also wish other fellow Nano writers luck in this project!