Monday, 31 October 2016

Motivational Monday! NaNoWriMo!


EEEEEEE! So this year I've decided to bite the bullet, as they say, and have a go at NaNoWriMo! Which  for any of you who don't know, is National Novel Writing Month. 
The task is to write a 50,000 word novel, in a month. In the few sweet days between the 1st and the 30th of November. That's only roughly 1,666 words a day, easy right? Right? Right? 

No small feat! Novels can take years of planning, writing, re-writing, editing, re-editing, editing, re-editing, re-writing, etc etc etc. 
But the idea of this challenge is not to have a fully finished, edited, proofread, publishable novel by the end of the month, it is simply to get that novel, that one that we all know we can write, out of our heads and on to the page. It won't be pretty, but it'll be there, a good, solid, first draft that you can then build on over the next however-long-you-want. 

So last week - yes I made my decision a bit late - I decided that I wanted to write a novel, and I logged on to nanowrimo.org, created my profile and pledged my participation in this furiously intense writing event.
Was that an impulsive decision?
Yes.
Was it perhaps a silly decision?
Possibly.
Do I really have time in my life to write at least 1,666 words a day?
Not really.
Did I have an idea for a novel?
Barely.
Am I excited?
Heck Yes!

Lets get one thing straight... I am one of those creatives that sucks, like really really really sucks, at planning. I always have done, and I probably always will do. Plan they say... blahhhh that's far too boring, I'll just spurt some words at a piece of paper and something will appear and I'll see where it takes me.
But I looked at the event I'd just signed up to, and I had a little poke at the vague-sort-of-not-really-formed-at-all idea that I could potentially maybe turn into a novel, and I decided that maybe this time, I ought to have at least a rough plan, at least enough to know who my characters are and what might actually happen during the novel. So, I've spent the last few days, in between my normally hectic life, desperately pulling at the straws of the novel idea that's been lurking at the back of my mind for a while now. Trying to figure out exactly what I want it to be about, how I want it to work, what my characters should be, where it should be set, what sort of theme and genre I want it to fall into, what's actually going to happen, and pretty much every other aspect of novel planning.
Am I any good at planning?
No.
Do I usually plan my writing?
Not really.
Did I have a vague concept in the back of my mind that I thought might one day have the potential to be a novel?
Yes.
Was that vague concept anywhere near actually being a novel?
No.

Do I now have a solid novel idea?
Heck Yes!

Folks, I don't know if I would recommend doing it this way - it starts tomorrow and I'm actually still in the throes of planning, something I'm sure most nano participants have already completed a month ago - but damn I've pretty much done it. And actually I think doing it all at such short notice has only added to the excitement, because I'm full of it already, it's all I can think about, all I can focus on, which is exactly what I need when I'm about to embark on the month long writing extravaganza that is NaNoWriMo.

So as far as Motivational Monday! posts go this one is a bit different. You're probably not going to read this and decide that you want to go and sign up to NaNoWriMo - which starts tomorrow - but you might be reading it as a fellow NaNo-er in a similar position that's glad to know there's someone else out there in your crazy little boat. Or you might never have heard of this insane writing event and tuck it away as information to have a go at next year. Or you might just simply take from this post that no matter how short your time limit, if you've got the motivation to do it, you can get it done. Maybe.

If you are a fellow NaNo-er (is that even right?) then please get in touch throughout the coming month, I'd love to chat to you about your process and how you're getting on. Leave a comment and let me know how you've been getting ready for this mad event, if you even have been getting ready at all, maybe you've done less prep than I have!
Have you done NaNoWriMo before?
When did you start preparing your novel idea?
How much planning did you do?
How are you gonna meet the word count?
(I'm just gonna wing it - organisation, much like planning, is really not my forte!)

I'll keep you updated on my progress as we move through November - If I am indeed managing to make any!

Good luck to everyone out there participating in this crazy event! And for those of you who love a participant, be patient with them, they need your support right now!


Happy Writing!


Rach x 

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