I've made a commitment to do Nanowrimo again this year.
With a huge caveat.
I've actually already begun my novel, and written a chapter and a half of it. So I won't be competing to write a whole 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
I will, however, be using the collective energy that occurs each year around this event to set a regular writing schedule and stick to it. Currently, I'm getting up and working on my novel about twice a week, sometimes three times. I want it to increase to five times a week and I want to get up earlier and have a longer writing session every morning.
A brief aside about getting up early. Last night at my regular writing group, we set writing goals for the rest of the year. And we talked about the difficulty of holding to a schedule for any kind of creative writing, with the pull of family and career. One common thread among us was the issue of creative energy and head space. All agreed that writing in the afternoon or evening is often impossible because our heads are so full of the daily business of life. And thus the best way to get words on the page is by getting up early. One man in the group routinely rises at 5:30 AM to write before he turns to the work day. And another–wait for it–gets up at 3:30 AM or 4 every morning to work on his memoir. So I can damn well get myself out of bed a half an hour early. How about you?
I've written about Nanowrimo before in numerous posts throughout the years. Here's some of them, and check them out, because they've got good solid info on getting ready for it.
I'm publicly stating my goal so that you guys can hold me to it. And in return, if you're onboard for Nanowrimo, note it in the comments and we can all support each other. So how about it? Are you with me? Let's do it! Chime in below and we'll write together during November.