30 Days NaNoWriMo Meme – Day 1 – Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? If so, which years and what end result? If not (or even if so, for that matter), what’s your connection to writing? Why do you want to participate this year?
Since 2005 I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo nine times and lost just once. That was in 2008 and I knew it from the beginning. At that time I was working to Give In to the Feeling, the first story connected to Ghost Trilogy, and I really wanted to finish that far more than I wanted to win NaNo.
Besides, this has never been primarily about winning, not for me, even if challenging and teasing among friends is fun. It’s more about sorting out how much meaningful writing is for you. Is it meaningful enough to find the time to write those 50k words in one month? Is it meaningful enough to work a plot every day, no matter if you’re inspired or not, no matter what else you have to do at the same time? Because let’s face it, there are so many reasons why hitting those 50k words in one month isn’t really important , after all.
So this is what NaNo is really about for me. If you decide to take part and you really do your best to reach the goal, it doesn’t really matter whether you hit the 50k words or not. You may be luckier next year. Sorting out if you’re willing to really try, that’s the thing.
This year’s project… well, it’s the same as for the past four years: Ghost Trilogy. But I’m really challenging myself, really, because I’m aiming to polish up the entire first novel of the trilogy, that is 130k words.
In this moment, I’d say it’s really unlikely that I’ll make it, but hey, let’s try this!