NaNo is off and running, so let me get this out of the way. Best of luck to everyone participating this year and I hope you reach your goals. On a recent post, I shared my reasons for not participating in NaNo. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be writing. I mentioned on my blog and on Twitter that I set out to finish three short stories by the end of the month. Apparently, this caught the attention of a couple of my Twitter followers. Specifically, Julie Reeser. And as such, she gave me a title for such an occasion. I am a “NaNo Rebel.”
From what I learned from Julie and a couple other writers, a “NaNo Rebel” is a writer who doesn’t participate in NaNo, but wants to accomplish writing-related goals. I didn’t know whether this was good or bad. But then I saw more writers added. Some had done NaNo before, but opted not to for various reasons. Some are even published authors, maybe have a book that started as a NaNo project. Afterwards, I didn’t feel guilty. I felt surrounded by writers who had goals of getting writing stuff done and didn’t need NaNo to validate themselves. I felt like I was part of a club or something. And I suspect there are other “NaNo Rebels” in the writing world. I am in good company.
NaNo would, no doubt, challenge my resolve to meet my goal. But finding time to write around 1,700 words a day is daunting. Most of my works barely surpass 1,000 words. So that’s why I feel NaNo isn’t right for me. But thanks to Julie and other “NaNo Rebels,” I don’t have to feel guilty. I can write as many words in a day, in a month, and still feel connected to others taking on this tremendous task.
Whether you decide to do NaNo or not, know that I, as well as many other “NaNo Rebels,” will be writing just as much and that you have cheerleaders. I suspect I will be a “NaNo Rebel” for life. But that’s fine with me. I will wear that badge proudly.
So “NaNo Rebels,” what are your goals for this month?