Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo

Wait…what?  What in the world is NaNoWriMo?  Many of you know that I’m a high school teacher and book critic by day and an aspiring writer by night.  Ok, maybe not many of you, but at least some of you know this.  Today I began my first book, and it was because of NaNoWriMo.  Ready for me to explain what that means?  Have I kept you in suspense long enough?  Alrighty then.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  From November 1st to November 30th, I will be writing my first ever novel of at least 50,000 words (that’s about 175 pages to non-writers).  Sound like an unattainable feat?  Really it isn’t.  On the first day, today, I’ve written a little over 1900 words in less than two hours.  Now, I’m not saying that this is going to win the Pulitzer or even get published, but I’m pretty darn proud of myself to say the least.  I’ve written poems and a short story or two, but I’ve never tried to tackle a novel or novella before.  With working full time, I’m probably going to hit the 50,000 mark actually on November 30th, so I’m definitely not expecting much more than that.  But the fact that I’m actually doing it means a lot to me.  So, I’m going to try to keep my readers updated with my progress by blogging after I finish each day’s count so that you know what’s going on.  I’ll be making a special page where I’ll link back to all the posts that I make concerning NaNoWriMo and my novel, which doesn’t yet have a name.  So, I hope you enjoy my delving into madness in trying to write a book in 30 days!