I had been telling myself all summer that I was going to write a novel this November during National Novel Writing Month. I was determined with no real plans – delusional, as usual.
My novel was going to be lit.
And then October 28th hit. I am a full-time student, teaching assistant, intern working with an independent author, resident advisor, independent writer (when an English essay isn’t due), and young adult who is trying to have a social life. Coffee helps.
Things are too busy! You simply can’t do NaNoWriMo as a student at university.
Welp. November 1st (today) came around. I woke up with no intentions of being a participant (at least not a registered one) of NaNoWriMo. But then I thought, Why the fuck not? and signed back into my account at nanowrimo.org. This way, in three days, when I don’t feel like meeting my writing goal for the day I’ll have people watching me. The pressure is on – but it’s the good kind.
My plans for NaNoWriMo at the moment reside within the overlapping genres of LGBTQ contemporary literature/adventure/drama and to write 1,667 words per day.
So for any other university students out there: JUST DO IT! What’s holding you back? You might have some fun. Remember, the first draft is supposed to be rubbish.
*Featured image: Wrinkled Notebook Paper by Darren Hester