I’m Doing NaNoWriMo


What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

Why not just write a real novel later, when I have more time?

Novel writing is mostly a “one day” event. As in “One day, I’d like to write a novel.” Here’s the truth: 99% of us, if left to our own devices, would never make the time to write a novel. It’s just so far outside our normal lives that it constantly slips down to the bottom of our to-do lists.

The above is taken straight from NaNo website.

What does it mean for Mee?

In the month of November, I will join the other hundreds of thousands of other wannabe novelists writers around the world to write 50,000 word book. I’ve known NaNoWriMo for years now, and every single year I had been thinking to join, but didn’t. The downfall here is *thinking*. Too much thinking, not enough writing.

So this year will be the year. I just decided two days ago. People closest to me have been nagging to me to write this story. I need to get it out of my system before I can write anything else.

What does it mean for Wandering Mee?

All my spare moments when I don’t work, commute for work, or do things related to general health and hygiene, I will write. So no post for Wandering Mee in the month of November.* 50,000 words means an average of 1,667 words per day. A long blog post for me is a bit over 1,000 words, which I could do quite easily in an hour or two. But I have never ever in my life written that many words in that many continuous days. What a great experiment in the name of creativity.

I’ll see you on the other side.

(Take a deep breath.)

(Charging head-on towards the battle ground.)

* I might come back and admit defeat in a week or two. Maybe cry a little. 

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The Traveling Reader
I left home when I was 17 and never stop exploring the world since. Most days I'm a digital technician at one of the London's biggest visual effects studio. My alternate persona writes and travels and dreams of doing these as a living. I alternately call myself Indonesian or Australian whichever is more beneficial at the time, and I've been a Londoner since 2011.