That month of frenzied writing called NaNoWriMo is coming up soon. It really seems like I just did this. The year has past by far too quickly and I am surprised to find myself coming up on one of my favorite annual events. I am wholly unprepared (what’s new?).

Last year I continued writing a story I had already been working on. That may have been as far as my plans went, but they were a starting point.

Things have been a bit crazy and hectic on the home front lately and I have not had much time to focus on writing, reading, etc.

So now I must delve into the plethora of ideas I have to see what I want to try to focus on next month.

Do I continue some other story that has been begging for attention? Or do I start fresh, as the “rules” state?

My fingers are itching to start typing already and stories are calling out to me from the depths to be written.

It’s exciting to think about, but also daunting. I always find myself nervous to undertake this project because I question if I will be able to push myself and complete it.

My competitive side really wants to blow this thing out of the water every single year. This year will be a decade since I first participated and won.

I have not won every year since I began. And that is fine. I still tried and I still got some work done. I also learn something about myself and my writing every time.

Even though I push myself hard and feel disappointed if I don’t hit the 50,000 word goal, I feel like this is a worthy event.

Which is why I still show up every year.

I’m proud to say that the years I won and surpassed my goal outnumber the years I haven’t hit the goal.

NaNoWriMo is a great way for me to re-enforce habits. It gets me into the regular practice of sitting my ass down and writing.

I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly need that yearly reminder.

Because writers write. And sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do.