November is, as anyone with writerly aspirations knows, National Novel Writing Month — better known as NaNoWriMo — a 30-day marathon intended to end with a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. It’s a humongous task, but one I’ve considered participating in over the years. I’ve always talked myself out of it, however, mostly because I could never think of an idea that seemed good enough to warrant that level of effort. I have always been more of a personal essay type of writer, as this blog (back when I was writing regularly, anyway) demonstrates, and I find fiction rather daunting.
This year is a bit different. I do have an idea knocking around in my head, or the beginnings of one anyway. It doesn’t feel ready yet, though. And to be honest, I don’t feel ready either. I’ve long since fallen off the daily writing habit, not just here, but in private as well, and that is absolutely essential not only to succeeding at NaNoWriMo, but to writing in general. Continue reading