Ready your quills for NaNoWriMo!

Attention aspiring authors, National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow! For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is a month-long self-guided “competition” in which hundreds of thousands of amateur authors attempt to write a complete 50,000 word novel within the month of November. The whole point of it is to get past the never-ending procrastination and finally just finish writing something of good length, quality be damned. Once you’ve gotten over that initial hurdle of writing a novel (no matter how unpolished it may be), the idea of writing more novels becomes more approachable.

This will be my third year attempting NaNoWriMo, and I really hope to successfully complete it this time. The past two years I was still in university, and schoolwork seriously encroached on free time available for writing (especially those computer science programming projects). But I suffer from that impairment no longer. This will be the year that I finish! I already have a plot and setting thought out. I just need to spend some time finalizing it, then I’ll put my quill to the metal tomorrow.

Unfortunately, my work on NaNoWriMo will probably negatively impact my participation on this blog. To complete NaNoWriMo, one has to write, on average, over 1,500 words a day. That’s not insignificant. After spending that much time each day working on my novel, I won’t have many creative juices left over to work on this blog. At least that’s what I’m theorizing. Who knows, maybe taking a break from the novel to write for this blog will be a soothing distraction. Although I kind of rather see my work on my telescope fulfilling that role.

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