Back in December 2011, I wrote a post that detailed my goals for 2012. One of those goals was to participate in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo as it’s known for short is an annual event that sees thousands of English writers from around the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
I’m a writer with a passion for 30-day challenges and I have been carrying around the idea for a novel for nearly 10 years. This challenge was made for me right?
Just to add some pressure, I recently got a job working online for this man. It keeps me pretty busy but I enjoy it and it’s flexible and it means I don’t have to go back to England any sooner than I would want to. But, it does mean that as well as the 5 hours a day of work I do, I’ll also have to write approximately 1,667 words a day if I am to have any chance of hitting 50,000 words by the deadline at midnight on November 30th 2012. Oh and I also have a friend coming to stay for the second week of November.
So having considered all the reasons why this challenge is going to prove difficult to complete, here are a list of reasons why I just might succeed:
- Because I believe I can
- Because I work well under pressure
- The busier I am the harder I work
- I’m good at getting up with the sun
- Back in July I wrote 18,992 words as part of a 30-day challenge
- I’m a writer
- It’s been my dream to write a novel since I was a little girl
About 5 years ago I had all but given up my dream of becoming a successful writer and I remember a new boyfriend asking one of my oldest friends “What do I need to know about Caroline?” My friend replied with something along the lines of “her dream is to become a writer and you should support her in that.” I remember laughing when my boyfriend told me and responded by saying, “oh that’s not my dream anymore, that’s an old dream.”
Only now do I realize that almost giving up on my dream to become a writer was nothing to do with the age of it. I had reached a point in life where I couldn’t ever imagine finding the time to indulge my passion of writing so rather than risk the chance of failing at it due to a lack of time, I slowly allowed myself to give up on it.
Fast-forward to March 2012 and I’m crossing my first border on my round the world trip and filling in an arrivals card. I read the word occupation and blink. Without much thought I write down the word ‘writer’ and smile. There you have it, without even realizing it, I had become a writer and this blog had become the portfolio of my work.
So fast-forward to today and I’m preparing myself to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It won’t be a novel ready for print, it will be a first draft that might need months or even years of work. I might not make the word count to become a “winner” but I will have written more of my novel in 30 days than I have in nearly 30 years of wanting to.
In 2011, 256, 618 people participated in this challenge and of those, 36, 843 made the word count by the deadline to become “winners” but that doesn’t make the 219,775 who didn’t make the word count “losers”, it makes them courageous souls who were willing to put their dream on the table and give it a go, regardless of the odds.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” ~ Christopher Reeve
I remember years ago telling someone about my dream to publish a novel and that person saying to me “don’t you think lots of people have that dream?” and the answer is yes, I imagine lots of people do, but the difference between those that have the dream and those that realise the dream is action and perseverance. The people who make it are precisely those that didn’t let the thought of failing deter them from their path.
Do you have a dream that you’ve buried or ignored? Have you started telling yourself it’s not what you want just because you think it might be difficult to achieve? Or do you have a story of facing your fears and self-doubt and going after your dream regardless? Either way I’d love to hear from you. If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to share it by using the buttons below. Thanking you kindly.