Today marks (again) the first day of National Novel Writing Month, the point of which is to get participants, such as myself, to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month (November). This culminates to a work of about 175 pages, at an average of 1,666.67 words per day.
It’s likely that I will one day attain such a lofty goal. But for the short-term attention span I have now and the busy hubbub of New York City, this year’s NaNoWriMo, like my last, will be slightly modified: I will be writing a blog post a day for the month of November.
Last year, I treated NaNoWriMo as “an exercise in written expression, as well as an opportunity for self-improvement.” Looking back, I find an almost better-put-together version of myself – someone who was more certain of her abilities and the career path ahead of her. It’s a little disconcerting to feel more at a loss one year out of college than I did as a fresh graduate.
This year’s NaNoWriMo will be an exercising in figuring myself out: my interests, my strengths, and how I can overcome my shortcomings. Let the writing begin!