The Start of NaNoWriMo 2008.

Well, it is now November, and it’s hard to believe that already another NaNoWriMo is upon me. I remember last year, when I stumbled upon a blog entry one of my friends had made about participating in NaNoWriMo. It was late October, and I just suddenly thought, “Well, why not?”

So I proceeded to register for NaNoWriMo and then just jumped right in without even looking. I read the book that founder/creator Chris Baty wrote, and just clicked away on my laptop with whatever thoughts I wanted to fit into my novel. It was my first time actually embarking on writing a novel, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

In the end, I did manage to reach that 50K word-count goal, and then some. It felt exhilarating and wonderful to know that I had completed a novel. It was also a much more important victory for me since, at that point in time, I didn’t have much going for me in terms of work/jobs. It was a semi-traumatic time in my life, and I suppose NaNoWriMo saved me at that point.

This year, I am participating in NaNoWriMo again, but of course under different circumstances. Now with a somewhat stable job and a little wiser (I would hope so, anyway), I wonder about how this novel will turn out this time. I had attempted to write a second novel beginning in early January of this year, but I still have not completed that novel. I guess I feel more motivated/set on finishing a novel when I am aware that there are millions of others doing the same task as I am. It’s more comforting in some ways.

Well, onward to 30 days of insanity.