NaNoWriMo The Struggle is Real

So for whatever mad reason as if I didn’t already have a million and one things to do I decided to give NaNoWriMo a go this year, National Novel Writing Month where the goal is to write 50000 words in the month of November..

Yeah as you can gather I didn’t really think this through, if you break it down (which I didn’t until now) that’s roughly 1666 words a day! By day 7 I had written 2568 and I thought I was fecking deadly. The funniest part of it all is I don’t even know what I was writing about, I didn’t have a plan or much of an idea I thought let’s just write whatever comes into my head cause honestly there’s an awful lot of shit in there and see what happens, but sure as soon as I sat down to do anything it’s like my brain switched off laughed at me and said good luck.

So here are some things I discovered about myself while doing Nanowrimo:

  • I can’t force creativity, no matter how much I want to write I can’t make it happen it needs to happen organically (the thoughts love to flow when I’m in the shower or falling asleep and can’t write things down..)
  • My thought process is not structured it’s more like a long and winding road with more intersections than I can count jutting off into numerous other routes and wandering off into the unknown.
  • I can’t keep up with my head sometimes and if I don’t write things down straight away I lose them.
  • I type faster than I write, this helps when I sink into a thought spiral because it helps me keep up with my train of thought whilst also staying neat.
  • I won’t be block writing a novel anytime soon.
  • November is just too busy for serious concentration.
  • I probably should have prepared.

While I didn’t get the guts of a novel down I did write over 7000 words which was a good kick-start into getting me writing. You also have to take into account the fact that I work full time and have 2 kids plus I am excellent at procrastinating. I hope to continue writing, I have a notebook for jotting down things that pop into my head. When it comes down to it as much as I would love to write an epic fantasy I think I am far better at putting real life into words than I am at creating new lives. It was definitely a good learning process and I think everyone should give it a go at some point.

My tips for anyone giving it a go next year:

  • Have an idea first don’t go in blind.
  • Work out a plan, set aside time in your day for writing.
  • Get outside and get some air, look for inspiration to keep your mind awake.
  • Sleep, if you’re up all night writing schedule in a nap.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself.
  • Remember there are 11 other months in the year that you can write in too!

Did you take part in NaNoWriMo, how did you find it?

14 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo The Struggle is Real

  1. I didn’t do Nano this year, because I learnt my lesson last year. I can relate to a lot of what you have said. I just can’t force myself to be creative enough to write several thousands words each day. My writing happens by me plotting out the story into 12-15 parts, then I can have a good writing day of 7000+ words, and then nothing for weeks. NaNoWriMo is a great idea for some, but not for everyone. I find my most creative ideas appear when I am on the train, or on a long walk, and not when I am sat in front of a screen.

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      1. I think I wrote about 11000 words in total last year, and just ended up feeling like I failed so much that I didn’t want to write anything for months. I got really stroppy with myself and was like, ‘That’s it, I’m never going to write anything good. I suck at it and should just give up.’ Then, after I’d finished sulking with myself I got back into it.
        Try not to be too disappointed with it (easier said than done). I’m a huge believer in not giving yourself too many restrictions with anything creative, and instead taking the time to explore what method works best for you.

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  2. I actually ended up writing 20,000 words over it, but more because i reached the second part of the month and started panicking. I had the story in my head over the last few months and had been plotting and planning and was gutted when I got to the thirtieth and realised if I’d got myself to that I could have done more, but I never would have, it was only the panic pushing me on! Well done and great post:)

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  3. What’s the rush? We’ve a lifetime to write as long as we enjoy what we are doing and we are all individuals so a month of hard writing is not for everyone. I’ve never done Nano but I always think… maybe next year.

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  4. Great insight after NaNoWriMo. No amounts of preparation really helps, especially in November, which is surprisingly the BUSIEST MONTH EVER. I wonder if the hosts of the event know that 🙂 I bet they do! I started prepping and outlining in June and still wasn’t prepped enough. I think I just couldn’t move on (got stuck at 25k) because certain parts didn’t feel right at all and it bugged me. Plus college and work and whatever else happened in November. Either way, I think 7k is still decent effort. Kudos to you for participating!

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