New Month’s Resolution for November

Ah, a new month. A fresh start in some small aspect of my life.

A few weeks ago, my sister proposed a novel writing challenge as my November resolution. I guess it’s a big thing. The objective: to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of November. Here are some FAQs, if you seem inclined (you can sign up to participate through the end of November). Some of my favorite quotes off their website:

Can anyone participate in NaNoWriMo? No. People who take their writing (and themselves) very seriously should probably go elsewhere. Everyone else, though, is warmly welcomed.

If I’m just writing 50,000 words of crap, why bother? Why not just write a real novel later, when I have more time?

There are three reasons.

1) If you don’t do it now, you probably never will. Novel writing is mostly a “one day” event. As in “One day, I’d like to write a novel.” {snip}

2) Aiming low is the best way to succeed. With entry-level novel writing, shooting for the moon is the surest way to get nowhere. With high expectations, everything you write will sound cheesy and awkward. {snip}

3) Art for art’s sake does wonderful things to you. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you want to take naps and go places wearing funny pants. Doing something just for the hell of it is a wonderful antidote to all the chores and “must-dos” of daily life. Writing a novel in a month is both exhilarating and stupid, and we would all do well to invite a little more spontaneous stupidity into our lives.

And I can no longer find it, but there was something earlier on their website about doing it because randomly quoting your own novel at parties is so much fun.

Well, I was all ready to jump on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon, but Barb, the big mistake you made was giving me too much time to think about it! I started thinking about all the other things I planned to do this month, and quickly decided that this November was not a good month to try to carve out free time. First off, I need to get production going on camouflage Christmas stockings. And secondly, I had set aside the week before Thanksgiving to try to figure out how I was going to make this dress for my niece’s First Holy Communion using my sister’s wedding dress.

So this month’s resolution is to get all my sewing projects completed! That’s a challenge enough. I am flattered, though, that I have inspired others to think about new month’s resolutions (even to the point of them recommending one to me!). I see that Jennie has already listed her new month’s resolutions (see her sidebar), and did get all of her October resolutions done! If you want to know what the new months’ resolutions are all about, check out my July post. And if you want to see what other things I’ve done, well, there’s this handy dandy “post label” thing now and all you have to do is click on “New Month’s Resolutions” at the bottom of this post, and all related posts will come up! Cool!

Let me know if you decide to do a new month’s resolution. And if you take on the NaNoWriMo challenge, please let me know that too!

4 thoughts on “New Month’s Resolution for November

  1. Hey, this New Month Resolution thing is an EXCELLENT idea. And for those of us prone to procrastination, or dwindling dedication, it’s just the thing! Thanks for the idea, and I do hope you don’t mind it getting spread around. 🙂

  2. No problem…just helping the world help itself one month at a time.

  3. oh my. you actually considered doing nanowrimo. wow.

    i tried one year and failed miserably. it’s something i wish had been around when i was in school or pre-Treya. but now? there’s just no way. i work way too much to get in that high of a word count for a straight 30 days!

  4. Ah, Heather, sleep is way overrated…

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