NaNoWriMo: Can I Write a Novel in a Month?

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and while I've known about it for years, this will be the first year that I have ever attempted to play along. I've signed up and everything.

Right now, in the state of Victoria, Australia, it is October 31st, meaning I have approximately 14 hours until the month of November starts and my goal of writing 50,000 words in one month begins.

And, not for the first time, I'm sitting here wondering: what am I thinking?

I now work full-time hours as a copywriter and internal communications coordinator, so I actually write for a living. Granted, it's corporate writing and marketing copy, but it's still writing. It's still sitting in front of a computer 35 hours a week for my career, and then usually in front of a book or Kindle screen for 15 hours a week on the train (my commute is about 1 1/2 hours each way).

And now I'm planning to wake up an extra half hour early and work another half hour to an hour after I get home to rack up another 1600 words a day in order to achieve 50,000 by the end of the month?

But you know what? I love writing. I legitimately am addicted to it, if you define addiction by how much you long for something when you can't have/do it. Not long ago, I went through a writing dry spell. It was sometime around when I moved from London to the USA and got married and moved house twice and then moved to Australia. Somehow, during all of that, I didn't write much.

When I finally settled into a new house in Australia and was legally barred from working for a few months until I had a visa come through, I wrote like a crazy person. I finished the novel I'd been working on for three years and got 25,000 words into a new one. It was like I hadn't had coffee in a year and then suddenly consumed a whole pot along with a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans. I OD'd on writing and loved every second of it.

So yeah, I love writing. But do I love it enough to do it approximately 10 hours a day over the next month in order to reach my goal?

Who knows. But I'm going to try. And in a month's time, I'm going to get back on here and tell you all how I've done. Even if I don't hit the 50k, I'm confident I'll get more words than when I started, and that's the goal.