NaNoWriMo Addict

For the sixth year in a row, I’m giving in to my masochistic side and participating in National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is my brain candy.  I have a love/hate relationship with the writing competition, but every November, I sign up. Eleven months gives me just enough time to forget how hard it is to write fifty thousand words in thirty days.

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The first time I found the NaNoWriMo website, I was excited at the prospect of writing in a real competition, but the thought made me very nervous. I hadn’t written much more than a few chapters of anything in my life, and the thought of writing fifty thousand words of any kind of cohesive story seemed impossible.

As I flew through the first few days, words falling from my fingertips, the possibilities seemed endless. This could be the next great novel.

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But as the days flew past, my self image changed. This was harder than I even imagined.

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And by the end of thirty days, I felt and looked much like this.

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I didn’t make the fifty thousand words the first year year, but I came close, and I almost finished my first book.

In the years since, I’ve won NaNoWriMo several times, but whether I completed the fifty thousand or not, each year I’ve written more words with NaNo than I would have without.

What can I say? I work better under pressure.

How about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I’m mombo, and I’d love to be your buddy.