NaNoWriMo 2017 | Why I Always Attempt NaNo Even Though I Never Do It


Today is the last day of NaNoWriMo 2017, and fittingly, it is also the first day this site is live. 

This year's NaNo is one of the main reasons I decided to finally create this site. 

As many of you already know, I participated in this year's NaNo, but with a twist. I wasn't trying to write a novel, as most who participate do, instead I was simply trying to write every single day. 

The problem with this plan of mine was that I went about it all wrong. Or all wrong for me - your creative process could be very different from mine. I wasn't prepared to work on a single project. I had too many ideas jumping around in my brain to sit down every day and write just one, but I also had too many ideas to write them all down. So, every day I would sit down and write, because I wanted to write, but at the end of the day I felt like I didn't accomplish anything because I tried to force myself to write a single story. Then, I gave up on writing a single story and wrote all my ideas down. As you can imagine, that didn't work as well as I wanted either. I needed an outlet for my writing, and I needed to organize my thoughts, but I felt like I didn't have time. I felt like I was drowning in my own thoughts. I felt like I was failing. 

This of course isn't true, but that isn't the point.

I felt like I wasn't doing anything right - so I became discouraged, then I decided to find an outlet where I could write every day without the writing needing to be one of my fictional creations. And alas, here we are.

This site will without a doubt hold bookish writings, from reviews to expansions on videos I film, but it will also become a home to my thoughts when they need to escape my head. 

Hopefully in this process I can become a better writer, while also giving fuel to my creativity. *fingers crossed*

As for now, this is the end of NaNoWriMo 2017 for me. No, I didn't write a novel. No, I didn't finish a story. But, I did find a new place my writing can call home. 

I count that as a win.