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NaNoWriMo has begun. I'm a wreck but loving it!

It started. This weekend. I began to pour out my thoughts and weave a story.

A completely fictional, I made it up, putting everything I have into this… story.

As you may recall, November 1st commenced the NaNoWriMo challenge (30 days to write a 50,000+ word novel). As of Sunday night I was at 7410 words. I’m pleased with my progress but I also have some anxieties….

My NaNoWriMo workspace - day 1

I’m not going to lie and I’m going to be completely honest here, these are some of the thoughts that have already crossed my mind:

  • What was I thinking?
  • I don’t have the time for this.
  • I’ll never be able to write 50,000 words!
  • I’ll be lucky if I hit 15,000.
  • I’m going to drink my weight in coffee before the month is over.
  • I have to pee but I can’t stop writing now.
  • No, I need to stop, I really have to pee.
  • Nooooo! I can’t stop, I must keep writing!
  • I should have bought Depends undergarments as part of my NaNoWriMo survival kit.
  • Jennifer what’s wrong with you?! Just go to the bathroom before you give yourself a UTI.
  • Just need to type one more paragraph….
  • If I just had one more hand I could drink coffee and keep on typing.
  • Ooooh, a catheter and a caffeine IV… that’s what I need.
  • I should go to bed.
  • I can’t sleep… I keep on thinking of scenes in the book.
  • I might as well just write the scenes instead of thinking about them.
  • Just go to sleep!
  • I shouldn’t have drank so much coffee… that’s why I’m awake.
  • Oh my goodness, will I ever sleep again, or am I going to be a manuscript writing zombie for the entire month?!

So the secret is out. When I get into something… I get INTO something. I submerge myself fully and completely. This is my task. This is my mission. This is my challenge.

So let’s say I only write 25,000 words… well, I won’t “win” NaNoWriMo but I’ll still be 25,000 words closer to writing that novel I would have never otherwise written.

You see, the passion isn’t in the outcome but it’s in the journey.

I’m a passionate person. This is my journey. Thank you for meeting me at the beginning of it.

Have you ever entered NaNoWriMo, or something like it? Any tips for a newbie?



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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