I’ve debated whether I’ll post this or not. Even as I write I’m still not sure, but if you’re reading it you’ll know the answer. Next month is November, known within writing circles as, NaNoWriMo month. A few years ago I’d have read that and thought the dog walked across the keys of the laptop, but now I know it means ‘National Novel Writing Month.’
So deep breaths… I think I’m going to try it.
There I’ve said it and published my intention so I must go through with it. (Maybe). I also posted it on twitter the other day, as next to no one reads my tweets, but wouldn’t you know some vindictive tweeters jumped on it (you know who you are), saying they’ve read my intentions so I must go through with it!
Not wanting to sound like a failure before I begin, I must tell you I have no intention of writing a novel in a month, but I have decided to make a reasonable start. Those who are serious about NaNoWriMO aim for 50,000 words, (can you imagine it?) but I’m realistic and accept that is never going to happen. I’d be over the moon if I manage 30,000.
What will I write about? Well I’ve a story in my head for a long time. It features a good old Dublin family, tragedy, family feuding, heart break, sadness and loyalty. I’ve got to know the main characters in great detail over the past year, as they have accompanied me on numerous long journeys and I’ve been privy to many of their conversations and ongoing dramas. In a way I’m almost afraid to put them on paper, for fear I don’t do them justice or bring them to life as I’d wish. However I’d like to try.
So I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll get done in November. In theory, what with my weekly column, my swim coaching, this commitment and the nuisance that is my family wanting feeding and care, I should not be on social media or wordpress at all. But I’m weak. I love blogging and interacting here and online, so if I’m honest, living without that will probably be harder than writing, but I’ll do my best.
Now that’s me in, is anyone else going to take part? Anyone need the push? Well consider this your sign. We can succeed or fail together, but for better or worse, at least we’ll have tried.