“There was a time when NaNoWriMo felt like the easiest thing to accomplish, when my naiveté was in full force, when I didn’t quite understand how much work goes into writing a novel. The first time I took part in NaNoWriMo, I managed to get every word down, I managed to finish ages before the deadline, it was beautiful. However, that mess of a manuscript is somewhere on my hard drive. It’s been untouched ever since. NaNoWriMo, for me, may be about getting the words down, but I also want to write something that I’m undoubtedly proud of, something I’m going to pick up, edit, and turn into something extraordinary.”
Tomorrow’s the big day. It finally begins. Part of me feels like I’ve been prepping for NaNoWriMo since the year began, because I know for a fact that it’s been getting harder to accomplish. Though, I’m ready this year. I’m excited to explore all that I used to love about this experience, and I’m excited to give all of my free-time to the one thing I love most: writing.
I went through a period where I just wasn’t happy with the work I’ve written during NaNoWriMo, so what did I do? I deleted them. I deleted them from the site, I deleted them from my “unfinished novels” folder on my desktop, and I’ve never regretted anything more. I’ve always been hard on myself, but that was a time I’d never like to revisit. Regardless of how much I believe something may need fixing, I know that I will never delete them. I’ve worked on them, they’ve become a part of me, and I can’t let that go.
With the idea I have planned for this year’s writing venture, I am quite happy with how I see it playing out. I know that it’ll be tough, and I know that I’ll have to rearrange a lot of my normalities to get it all done, but I guarantee that if I am able to do so, it’ll all be worth it. I hope that all of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year have an amazing experience, and I know I’ll be spending a lot of my free time (when I’m not writing) reading about everyone else’s journeys.