NaNoWriMo 2019 (SoGv3-5)
|Nov 1, 2019|
So, its November. And that means that we have less than two months to go till the year ends. 2020 will be upon us. Fuck fuck fuck! Scary man! In fact today only I was talking to a kid and talking about how I want to touch the lives of a million students in the next 20 years. And while talking about this grandiose and esoteric plan, I realized that in the next 20 years, I would be almost 60!
Do you know what 60 is? For most people, 60 is when they retire. If ancient Hindu scriptures are to be believed, you ought to walk into the mountains at this age! I mean, its the bleakest image I have had for myself. Old. Bleaker than being poor. I sincerely hope that these crazy rich Americans (aka Peter Theil, Larry Page, et al) find the antidote.
Anyhow. Coming back to the newsletter.
November is upon us!
The month where writers (both established and aspiring) all over the world try and write 1000 words each day for the whole month, attempting to work on their craft. Organized by NaNoWriMo, National November Writing Month, the idea is simple. You try and write 1000 words every day for 30 days and gun for the ugly first draft. And if you are adventurous, you try for 1667 words a day to end the month at approx 50K words.
Over the years I have tried to participate but I haven't been able to. This month, I plan to. I have to. Because my second book is overdue by 5 years and I have promised myself that if I don't do it this year, I will never write another again. I mean, I never say never. But I will stop telling the world that I am an author.
The thing with these things like NaNoWriMo and Inktober and Summer Reading Challenge and other such "challenges" is that it gives that nudge to the people on the fences to participate. And while the experts, the pros may not need these nudges, people like me that dabble in multiple things are benefitted a lot. At least I tend to get motivated and get things done that I'd never ever do.
You may think, Ok, so you'd write your book. What's in it for me?
What's in it for you is an example that such challenges can be useful.
So, whatever hobby you have, whatever thing you may want to pick up, you could potentially find a global "challenge" of sorts and participate in that. And voila!
And of course, it is not about completing the challenge but about starting up. And once you start, you just need to keep at it to finish!
And how do you finish? Different lesson for a different day :). May be if I can do 30 days of NaNoWriMo, I will talk about how you complete it :)
For the time being, start. And that, ladies and gents is the thing for the day.
Oh, and to end this, here's a quote from THE Ruskin Bond...
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TAGS: Writing, NaNoWriMo, Challenge, Starting Up, Nudge, BeBetter
STREAK: 1 (Read this on streaks).
Last and longest steak was 4. I missed sending the letter yesterday. Yes, I am trying to send one every day. But will change with time. Let's see when that happens.
RANDOM TRIVIA: Last year, on the letter on the 1st Nov, I wrote about NaNoWriMo as well. And announced yet another book project. Which I haven't done. Yet another todo!
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