Have you ever contemplated writing a novel? A few years back I began to wonder if I could, but the confidence to do it evaded me. Then one day I was hit with an inspiring story for a novel. But I hit a wall and lost momentum. It’s still not finished. One thing I did realise, though, is that I like writing short stories, despite the fact that I don’t like reading them. November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Participants are to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That is, write without editing or caring about the quality. I tried it four years ago and got to around 15,000 words. This year, I’m trying again. I’m plotting now. Will I reach the goal?
The Japanese version first appeared in the November 2013 issue of the goodspeed monthly newsletter.