NaNoWriMo Pakistan Experience
NaNoWriMo / December 12, 2015

I came to know about NaNoWriMo few years ago through social media. The idea of writing a novel of 50k words in a month seemed, at the same time, daunting and exciting. Daunting because taking out time to write an essay of 2000 words is an effort in itself, requiring careful flow of ideas and proper planning of objectives to achieve from the write-up. It was not the case with NaNoWriMo, because writing 50,000 words novel in 30 days just did not seem possible. But it was exciting at the same time, the sheer joy of writing that story that has been brewing in your mind for a long time. So, in the year 2014, I tried my hand at NaNoWriMo’s challenge and began working on a sci-fi novel set in Karachi. I was excited, and scared, and was determined to see it through. It did not last long. I could not continue beyond 5,000 words. This probably is not for me, I thought. I am one of those who need a long time to write such a large piece. And the story remained there, on my laptop, untouched, for nearly a year. And I was reminded of it by Desi Writers Lounge…