Thanks to Stephen King and his On Writing book, I have found myself a midst the bright idea of writing a novel in a month’s time.
I am going to attempt (succeed) at writing 50,000 words during the month of November for National Novel Writing Month. After writing pages of notes and I’ve tried starting many times but come Saturday November 1st, I will force myself to commit words to the page and move forward without concern or judgement.
What I want to get out of this month is a sense of accomplishment. I want to be able to point to a pile of words and say I did that and it’s complete. That’s quite a thing to say. Quite a thing to have under my belt. My hope is that it makes it easy to return to the blank page and start the whole process over again but with more planning and more time to execute.
Come November 1st, I anticipate all of my creative efforts will be devoted to completing a novel. That is the only way I will finish. It’s not something I’m used to because I usually have one too many half-baked projects going on at the same time. NaNoWriMo is my way of once and for all committing to something and seeing it through from start to finish. I do question my ability to commit but I’m hoping enough outside pressure from the NaNoWriMo community, my wife Krisi and some folks at SEER that I’ve told about the challenge will motivate me to see it through.
And with that, I turn to my nearly started novel to get to know him better.
Wish me luck!