It is time for me to make a final decision. Will I:
1. Participate in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, where I would have the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel.
2. Participate in NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, where I would publish one blog post per day throughout the month of November.
I have put a lot of thought into this decision. I would really REALLY love to do the novel, but I just don’t think I can commit to this right now. If I were to participate in this, and give my best effort to it, it would mean sacrificing certain things that I am not willing to sacrifice. Sleep, for one. My family; running; weight training; work, for although I wouldn’t do any writing during work hours, my mind and body would be so overloaded that I would likely not function very well. Already there are days when it is difficult to be present at work.
I also know that from completing my first writing assignment with my new writing group, where I wrote two pages of fiction, that creative writing no longer comes quickly or easily to me. I struggled to complete my two pages. And while I ended up being reasonably happy with what I wrote, it took a lot of editing, rethinking, and even one start-over from scratch to get to that point.
While I understand that NaNoWriMo is not about ending with a finished, edited, and perfect piece of work, I also don’t want to have spent an entire month working on a project and ending up with only a piece of garbage to show for it. Reluctantly I am letting go of writing a novel in November.
I am therefore going to try NaNoBloMo, which is going to be a pretty difficult challenge too. The bloggy ideas have not exactly been flowing lately, and I don’t know if I will have sufficient musings that will be worth publishing every day for an entire month. Topic suggestions over the next weeks are most welcome, if you please.
Yes, a post a day is going to be tough. I have not stockpiled posts. Wordless Wednesdays will likely become part of my repertoire; perhaps even memes. Oh look, Dani from Postcards from the Mothership has just posted one that I can take advantage of – Thanks Dani!
I hope you will tune in. I hope I can do this. If I’m successful, you can all buy me a drink on December first. T’will be the season after all.