November is Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. It is time to get my typing fingers and my muscles in shape.
For those of you who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Write a Novel Month. If you want to participate you can visit their website at www.nanowrimo.org The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, which in theory equals a novel. The turkey trot is typically a race run on Thanksgiving day to help burn all the calories about to be consumed.
I participated in Nanowrimo two years ago. Since I am the type of person who likes goals, this was a positive experience for me. I made sure I sat down every day and wrote. I loved watching my word count go up. It was like signing up for the turkey trot – I had to make sure I went out every day and trained. I couldn’t just blow it off. However, 50,000 words in a month is an unrealistic goal for me. I just can’t think or type that fast. It would be like me claiming that I am going to run this year’s turkey trot at a 7 minute 30 second pace, when my PR is a 7 minute 59 second pace. As much as I would love to run that fast, I probably won’t. For me, writing and running are about the journey. I will be signing up to participate in Nanowrimo and The Turkey Trot. I like the routine and accountability that reaching for a goal provides. I just won’t get hung up on the numbers. I’ll try to do the best job I can. Whether that means I write 25,000 words or 50,000 words. Or whether I run at a 7 minute 30 second mile pace or an 8 minute mile pace.
What about you? What are your plans for November?