Right around this time every year excitement surges among writers. NaNoWriMo is a mere few days away and thousands of writers are getting ready to jump into the insanity of writing a 50,000 word novel in just one month.  I have to admit it’s hard not to get caught up in the electric energy responsible for motivating so many people to write like lunatics for 30 days. I love absolutely everything about it!

That being said, I’ve never actually participated in NaNoWriMo. I’ve watched from the sidelines and cheered people on, but for various reasons I never got around to signing up for this crazy adventure. For as long as I’ve known about it, I’ve always had a novel or a project in the works, so it didn’t make sense to take on another. I find myself in the same position this year with my second novel occupying all of my attention. I’m in the middle of revisions and I don’t want to drop it in order to start something else. Essentially, I am stuck between wanting to participate in NaNoWriMo and wanting to finish the revisions on Novel #2 (I swear I’m going to come up with a title soon!).

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I thrive on goals, so I think I’ve come up with a solution that will solve my little conundrum. I’m going to participate in the idea of NaNoWriMo on my own terms and with my own benchmarks. One of my favorite bloggers, Wings of Wonder, is doing something similar and she has inspired me to give a try.

Instead of writing an entirely new novel, I’m going to continue revising Novel #2. I will subscribe to a similar schedule of defined daily word count goals and an overall monthly goal. Seeing as revision is a different beast than creating a first draft, I won’t be going as nuts as official NaNoWriMo participants, but I will be pushing myself to a new level.

I pledge to revise 500 words a day in order to reach a grand total of 15,000 words by the end of November. Furthermore, I will hold myself accountable with weekly blog posts documenting my progress and daily updates via Facebook and Twitter.

As a result of setting these goals, my blogging schedule may be a little more erratic than usual. However, I will try to keep up with it as much as possible. After all, my Scribble Diary and the Photography Challenge are huge sources of inspiration for my muse!

Wish me luck!

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What about you? Are you taking on the challenge of NaNoWriMo or something similar?

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c.b.w. 2012

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