Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
For the past few years, I have promised myself I will “win” NaNoWriMo by meeting the goal of finishing a 50,000+ word manuscript. The idea is not to edit, not to get a book published, but simply to write down the whole damn thing and get that first draft to exist at all. The new year is the time for revising and querying. November is for writing furiously, frantically, every single day, in an effort to get that draft done.
But I haven’t won. I’ve abandoned all my past stories after a few days. This year, though, relatively soon after NerdCon: Stories and with my PNWA and feminism publishing connections behind me, not to mention a bunch of free time on my hands, I’m swearing to at least write something every day this November. I might not finish my manuscript. It would be nice if I could. But I will put words on the page once a day for this whole month.
Or at least I’ll try!
There is no try. There is only do. #Yoda
Do or Do Not. There is no try.