NaNoWriMo 2014

So National Novel Writing Month is one of the best things to have ever happened to me. It’s basically a month long challenge for writers every single November that asks us crazy folk to write a 50,000 word novel over 30 days. I’ve always been interested in it, but I didn’t start participating in it until last year (2013).

And that was the year I wrote my first novel. And I loved the novel. And I’m working on editing it to a point so I can get it published. And I loved the experience so much, that I’m coming back this year.

Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment, but I feel like everyone should be. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. NaNo 2013 was really friggin hard. It tested my boundries for physical stress and mental stability. I very nearly went insane by the end of the month, but finishing that novel was worth it. Mainly because it proved to me that I can do it. It gave me the confidence I needed to seek my dreams and one day become a professional novel writer.

Now, to be clear, nobody’s ever told me that what I write is good. I haven’t shared my first novel with anyone, but I think it’s great. It’s possible my first few novels will be utter shite. But that’s okay. That’s the path of every writer, to create 99% poop and maybe, just maybe, that 99% poop will coalesce due to gravitational forces and manage to create something close to a raw diamond. Maybe.

I “won” last year, meaning I finished the 50,000 word count before the end of the 30 days, and I intend to do the same this year, and I intend to at least try every single year for the rest of my life. I will create novels, I will create novellas, I will create epic poetry and short stories. But most importantly, I will create.

And so should you. If you’ve ever had a small inkling of thought towards writing anything, take the challenge. You might realize it’s not for you. But you might also realize that you’ve found a new calling in life. You might realize you actually love punishing yourself with the daily task of creating things with words. And I don’t know about you, but I could always use a new hobby.

But in any case, this is just to warn you that with 50,000 words due in 26 days, I will probably not be writing much in this blog this month. I might write some progress updates, but I’ll be keeping most of my reviews and articles till December. Please don’t hate me for racing for my dreams. But if you need something to do, maybe you can join me and try to take over the world with words.

Mike Lohnash