Saturday, October 30, 2010

Starting Over

I don't think many people out there actually read my blog. However, for those of you who do, you'd know that I was taking a blogging-break. Okay, that was a lie. I wasn't taking a break, I down-right abandoned my blog. I kept coming up with excuses about why I shouldn't write another post. My most frequent ones were that:

1. I didn't have anything to write about.

2. It's no point writing because hardly anyone is even reading it, so it will just be a waste of time and effort.

Now I'm glad to say that I'm over those lame excuses and I've promised myself to get back to blogging. I might not always have a particularly interesting topic, or many followers, what matters is that this helps me put my thoughts out there. So I'm starting over.

I had a good look through my blog to see what sorts of things I used to post, just to remind myself (since it's been so long) and I noticed a pattern. At the beginning I had more innovative and thoughtful stuff to write and then it just went down hill from there as I stopped blogging and just updated the 'Currently Reading' section. Now, I COULD say that was because I didn't have anything else to write about or I could just admit I was being lazy.

And then I looked at my blog title and thought about why I started the blog in the first place. It was mainly because I needed something to do all those nights I was up, unable to sleep. But now that I think about it, I haven't even posted anything related to insomnia or my bizarre sleeping habits in here, which is pretty stupid since that was the original purpose of the blog.

So, now that all the confessions and apologies are over with. I'd like to update you on stuff which has been going on. Something I'm really excited/nervous about it NaNoWriMo which I've decided to participate in.

For those of you who don't know what it is, here is a short summary from it's official website.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

I'm excited because the idea of rushing yourself to write a novel in a month is thrilling. I'm nervous because I know people who tried this last year and barely passed the half way mark to 50,000 words. I guess it's not as easy as it sounds. But since I have the time and the interest, why not give it a go?

This time next year, I might be too busy to even think about doing something like NaNoWriMo. And the year after that I'll probably be even busier. And so on. I suppose as you get older, your life becomes more hectic. If you have the time to take on a challenge like this right now, then why not?

So, after pondering over the idea for ages, I've decided to just go ahead and at least give it a try. 50,000 words is a lot for a month. Wish me luck!