This is a question I asked myself for a few years, when others prompted me to participate. “Nah, I don’t do competitions.” That’s basically it: I’m not a competitive person. I hate rivalry, petty jealousy and all that nonsense. I think someone once told us (at our matric farewell, no less) that life is a competition. I remember thinking back then, “in your dreams, sir.”
But somehow I participated last year, anyway. Why? Not because it’s a competition. Because it’s a challenge. I love a challenge. And did it pay off! Here is what I got out of it:
- A fun novel (“Arcana”, the story of Ivy Pennington, accidental witch)
- All the fun from writing a novel from beginning to end
- a reminder that I’m a writer and that I can pull it off
- all my inspiration refreshed, and my vooma and gusto for not only writing but publishing
- fun, fun, fun!
It is incredibly important that one grabs a challenge when it’s set. Actually the best challenge I can get is if someone says “it can’t be done” when I know I can do it.
This year I’m raising the stakes!
I’m going to participate again – at least, I’ll do my level best to try (the worst that can happen is that I run out of inspiration as I’m a “pantser”, one of those believers in hard-core spontaneity). But additionally to that, I’m looking for authors who would like to approach P’kaboo for publishing when they are finished. Especially young authors.
In the interim, feel free to pop a comment here if you’re participating in Nano. I’d like to follow your progress.
…pumpkin time, I’m signing off…