NaNoWriMo – Conquering Fear

So I have this hesitation to call myself a writer. I always use the phrase “aspiring writer”. I know that it stems from fear.

I have an uncontrollable urge to write – I’ve always written poems, essays, blogs, letters. But because I had never finished a novel, I just couldn’t bring myself to refer to myself as a writer.

I’ve been in a writing program for the past ten months now. I’ve learned a lot about the craft. I’ve finished some things – two children’s books, numerous essays, and quite a few chapters towards a couple of novels that I plan to finish.

And that is the Holy Grail, for me. A finished novel.

Enter NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a mad dash towards a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. It ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 30th. I learned about it a couple of years ago, when I had no intention of even trying. Last year, I thought about trying but I didn’t have the courage to start.

This year, I’m jumping in. I’m filled with excitement and mostly fear. Hopefully, I will finish. I will surely try.

If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up. Enter here. If you want to add me as a buddy, I’m entered as underthera.

11 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – Conquering Fear

  1. I understand your feelings about considering yourself an aspiring writer. I have completed three novels but have not published anything yet. I, too, want more than anything to be published. Let’s buddy through NaNoWriMo and see what we can accomplish!

  2. Sounds to me like you’re a writer! I think it’s a shame we limit our definition, although I understand your view. Good luck next month. I’ve heard wonderful things about the process.

  3. You are definitely a writer! (I know what you mean. I still hesitate before calling myself that most august of terms) Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

    1. Ok next year, you will have to do it with me!!! It’s just one of those things – I value the title so much that I have been afraid to use it. But I’m learning 🙂

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