Most writing enthusiasts will have heard something of NaNoWriMo throughout their journey. I heard of it about three years ago when a Deviantart friend entered, but I had not decided to try going further with my writing career at the time, and hadn't really appreciated what it was or what it meant. The second time I heard of it was on another blog. This time I knew what it was, but it was the middle of November, and far too late to try. This year I have registered well in advance for NaNoWriMo, which means I have either had some sort of epiphany, or gone mad again!
I really must apologise to my patient followers for my two month silence. Stepping away from my blog was not intentional. In the space of three weeks I began and deleted a dozen blog posts before deciding to give it a rest. My writing batteries had somehow managed to run down completely, to the point where I opened a word document or new post and did nothing more than stare at it. Eventually the slump began to upset me, so I decided to give it a rest until I was ready to start again.
But when I was watching BBC news whilst my fiance and I were getting ready for work they mentioned that NaNoWriMo was due to start. I feel very grateful that I was awake enough to pay the news some attention, as otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue what to do. So that lunchtime I found the website, and registered. I even learned about that young persons version, which I passed on to a colleague's daughter who should enjoy it. I know exactly what I'm doing (for once!), and actually feel really excited for November to begin.
I am a little apprehensive about the notion of correcting the story later - any mistakes I spot tend to niggle away at me until I pounce on them and mess with them until they are right. Sometimes the constant running back and forth correcting mistakes can be a destructive technique, where I get so depressed that I give up on the writing and start again. So this will be a completely new experience for me, but I hope I might learn from it!
Hopefully this enthusiasm isn't a moment of madness, and I might have a chance of reaching the 50,000 words by the end of the month (even if Skyrim is being released during November). I'm also encouraged by the fact at least two of my bloggy friends are entering NaNoWriMo as well, to whom I wish the very best of luck.