On the last day of October I came across NaNoWriMo in my Facebook news feed. Writing a novel in a month - surely it wasn't possible. But, I thought to myself, it would certainly be a good way to motivate me to write something. Even if I only wrote a page of a new novel, it would be a page more than I would have written otherwise.
November is the very last month that I would have chosen to write 50,000 words. I organise a pub crawl every Cup Day, which is at the start of November. November is my husband's birthday, and my birthday. This year I am turning 30 and having a huge party that I have to organise. I also work part time as a teacher, and am about to start teaching an orientation for the Year 12 English class I am taking next year. I will also have to mark exams and write reports. Plus I have a 7 month old baby. So I don't have a lot of free time. Add to that the fact that I'm getting The Blood Apothecary ready for publication and it's clear that I would be crazy to take on NaNoWriMo.
So why, with one day's notice, did I sign up for it? Because I'm crazy like that. There was no rational reason to do it, but I wanted to. And I am SO glad that I did. 10 days in I have written 13,000 words, which is a pretty good start, although I'm a bit behind schedule. I was also fortunate enough to be interviewed for Huffington Post about my experience. This proves to me that when you put yourself out there and do things, stuff happens.
I am also really excited about my manuscript. I have been working halfheartedly on a few projects, but this one will definitely be the one I focus on after The Blood Apothecary. I think it is going to be a really interesting story.
I still have a long way to go!