To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo for short). Thousands of writers around the world participate in this event and try to complete 50,000 word manuscripts of their novels by the end of November. That’s approximately 1,667 words a day.

When a fellow writer asked me if I was doing NaNoWriMo this year, I simply said ‘no’, because it sounded like such an enormous commitment. I had a compelling story waiting to be written, but I just wasn’t ready to write it during NaNo. Over the last few weeks procrastination had become my default mode. I had shamelessly wasted few weeks, allowing my ‘writer’s guilt’ eat me alive from inside .

Mahatma Gandhi had famously said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” I searched for the source of my brief unhappiness (over these past few weeks) and realized that I was lacking harmony among my thoughts, words and actions.

Thinking about writing and talking about writing were not same as ‘writing’. That brought me back to this question: To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo?

To bring harmony among my thoughts, words and actions, I’ve decided to NaNoWriMo this year. There will be days when I’ll have little time or energy to write, but my goal will be to write as much as I can. A word on paper (or on computer screen) is always more valuable than a word still in my head or a word plagued by my own procrastination.

Happy NaNoWriMo! Happy writing!

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