Why am I doing this thing called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo? Well, I have my reasons.

It’s not that I think writing 50,000 words in one month isĀ that challenging. I mean, it is when you have a full time day job, family and church responsibilities, and other things you need to do. But that’s not really the point. For me, this time, it’s just about getting started again.

Yep, my main reason for doing this is that it’s time to get back on the wagon. Unfortunately, I’ve barely written any fiction this year – aside from a few pages here and there to get some ideas recorded for later – and it’s high time I get back to this writing thing. Since, after all, I am a writer.

And writers write.

I’ve not been a writer this year. I have my reasons and my excuses and my explanations – but in the end, they’re useless. What matters is what you do. I cannot publish or sell “good intentions.”

I tend to do well when challenged, when faced with external motivations. So NaNo is the perfect opportunity to kickstart my writing again. And the good news is, I’m keeping up, so far. Yeah, it’s only a week in, but so far, so good. In fact, not bad at all for being so completely out of practice.

Thankfully, fiction is like riding a bike. Your butt gets sore, you sometimes get bugs in your face, but the scenery makes it all worth it.

Ride on! (Er, I mean, WRITE on!)

P.S. If you’d like to follow my progress, I’m posting updates to Facebook and Twitter most days. Other than that, I am avoiding the social media at any time when I could be writing instead. Probably a good rule for when it’s NOT November, too.