At the end of last year’s NaNoWriMo I made the decision I wasn’t going to try, and fail, in future years. Whilst last year was the best I’d managed, I still fell miles short of the 50K target. I’m even on record in the comments section of a couple of blog posts, and on Twitter as saying there’s no way I’m taking part this year.
Yesterday I had a change of heart. I read a blog post about writing that made something feel like it was clicking in my brain and so I said that I was tentatively considering NaNo-ing. Then by chance the only radio station I could get tuned in whilst I was cooking was Radio 1, and I ended up hearing the very first “Star Caller” feature on the Greg James show. People have applied for their favourite star to give them a ring for a chat, the lucky recipient yesterday happened to be a fellow student at Aberystwyth University, Gavin, and his Star was James Corden. Gavin is an aspiring actor and asked James for what advice he could give him, his response:
As long as you don’t give up then you will achieve something close to your dreams… if you don’t give up you can’t fail.
I’ve been thinking about that advice ever since, it might be simple but it definitely speaks to me and so I’ve decided to take the plunge. This year I will be taking part in NaNoWriMo. Who knows? This might just be my year.