National Novel Writing Month: My Tiny Dilemma

Next week I’m holding off on writing a review to explain what I’m doing right now, and I do mean, at this second.

I’m prepping for the long, bewildering marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, which also means I’ll be dedicating most of my free time punching another novel out of me. The goal is to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month, and if we’re being honest, that gives me only 28 days to complete a novel (Thanksgiving and day after is family time) and minus one extra day since my anniversary is also in November, so I shan’t be near a desk or computer. So 27 days to complete a novel. Psh. Easy. It only took me a year ½ last time.

But more importantly, I’m not keen on the idea of not posting for an entire month. I mean, I’ve only started this blog two months ago, and I’d prefer not to drop suddenly off the grid and awkwardly stumble back in like, “hey guys. I’m back,” like an X-files explanation.

I realize this is a book blog, and I’m here to talk about bookish things, but NaNoWriMo is the time of year to shave away all the other distractions and excuses and to write spontaneously to reach your writing goals. For me, I read for pleasure but also to learn about other authors’ styles and subjects, and as it turns out, most readers are writers or latent writers, and I feel this would be the best place to just talk about my NaNoWriMo writing experience such as when my fingers feel disjointed or I have a fit because I’ve had nothing to eat except crockpot meals for the last eleven days and am frankly tired of soup. These won’t be very long post; they’ll be likes notes (hopefully not rambles). Who knows. I may post excerpts from my crazy 2nd novel, but I’m not making any guarantees.

I’m doing this because I made a commitment to myself to always make a post once every week. My last blog was a disastrous failure because I didn’t keep up with it (and it didn’t have any direction), but I’m at the point in my life where I need to lay out rules for myself and set specific goals. It’s a great way to avoid regret later in life. It also makes me happy—feeling like I’m working towards something. I’m not doing this for the number of followers or likes. A book blog has always been something I’ve wanted. I love books and I love talking about them. And I’m also a writer whose dream involves being published one day.

I’m not giving up on this blog. I’ll simply be taking a four-week hiatus from publishing any new book reviews. Book reviews will return by Monday, December 1.

If you’ll be partaking in this wonderful event, I’d love to hear from you. Excited? You can’t imagine.

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