It's november, which means lots of people have set out on a journey to write 50 000 words this month for Nanowrimo, including me. It's quite a daunting idea to write a month in 30 days, but I've participated before and really enjoyed it. November happens to be the busiest month for me, with lots of school work, exams and other projects that require a lot of my time, and for the past 2 or 3 years its stopped me from doing Nanowrimo. But this year, I really wanted to do it again. The funny thing is that this is probably my busiest november yet and exams are about to start next week, but I wanted to get back to writing again. I had the idea and the motivation, yet it seemed somewhat impossible. I first set a goal of only writing 25k words, but quickly disregarded that during the first week as I was off to a flying start. 

I'm working on a novel that's miles away from my comfort zone, and it's been a different experience doing Nanowrimo like this. For my entire life I've stuck to fantasy, and it's always what has felt natural to me. I enjoyed the worldbuilding, being able to create an entire world where only my imagination was the limit, with magic and characters that came to life, with adventures too big to be real. However, it's been a while since I have written, and when I tried to return to old ways, it didn't feel the same. Somehow, I felt like I had lost my touch of magic. For a long time that got in my way and I had accepted I would never write again, but then someone sparked an idea for a different story. Something completely new, something that I cant quite plaster a genre too. It's been difficult, a great challenge, but somewhere along the way I've begun to enjoy it. I'm torn between feeling that this isn't me and genuinly enjoying the words I put on the page.  

The thing about Nanowrimo is that it's quantity over quality, and at least to me that thought is quite comforting. For once, it doesn't matter what I write, as long as I'm writing. I think it's hard to write with no filters for many people, and the temptation to go back and edit is strong. Still, there is a sense of freedom in being granted the opportunity to just write. There is freedom in writing, and this month its not slowed down by editing. That's for december, or perhaps the new year. I'm at roughly 40k words now and hope to finish this weekend before my exams begin, and even though my motivation is at a rough patch I hope its achievable. 

I'm not sure whether this novel will ever see the light of day, but after a few rounds of editing, who knows? You can read a synopsis here if you are interested :) Feel free to tell me about your nanowrimo project, I'd love to know what you are typing away at! Good luck for all those still writing! I'm always up to a word sprint if anyone also likes making it a competition, hehe.

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